The Cardinals have seen a resurgence in 2013 under Bruce Arians, but some of the work that made it possible was done in the 2013 NFL draft, when the Cardinals got steals in Tyrann Mathieu (Round 3) and Andre Ellington (Round 6). And first-round pick Jonathan Cooper figures to play a big role next season when he’s back from injury. The draft was good, and the play has been too, and at 9-5, Arizona still has a playoff shot, and won’t be going into the 2014 draft evaluating what to do in the top 10.
So where will they turn, picking later in Round 1 than they have in recent years?
Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Cardinals as quarterback (prepping for life after Carson Palmer), offensive tackle and outside linebacker.
Here’s McShay's pick and analysis for Arizona in Round 1.