Reader’s Mock Draft: Arizona Cardinals are On the Clock

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Dec 8, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals fans hold their signs up during the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the rams 30-10. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL draft will be here before we know it.  Now that Free Agency has settled down, team needs have come into focus.  That could mean only one thing – it’s time for another mock draft!  But rather than us sitting back and throwing darts at the wall, we thought we’d let you join in the fun.  We’ll roll through the draft order and give each team choices based on team needs and the best players available and you’ll vote on the picks for each team. On with the countdown…

20. Arizona Cardinals (10-6)

The Cardinals had a very respectable season, going 10-6 but failing to make the playoffs.  They finally got some stability to the quarterback position with Carson Palmer, but playing in the NFC West is a challenging proposition.  Despite the challenge, the Cardinals pulled off the rare feat of defeating the Seattle Seahawks, the eventual champions, in their house.

The Cardinals have a top 10 defense in terms of both yardage and scoring, so that’s not typically their problem.  Some more consistency and balance on offense would be the order of the day for the Cardinals to take the next step in 2014.