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Updated Jan 8, 2013 - 1:15 pm

If Cardinals go offensive line in draft, they'll have plenty of options

Texas A&M junior offensive lineman Luke Joeckel answers questions during a press conference for the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football at the Omni Mandalay hotel, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Irving, Texas. Texas A&M plays Oklahoma on Jan. 4 in the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Take a look at some NFL mock drafts, and you'll see a varied collection of players the Arizona Cardinals are predicted to take in the first round.

Really, take a look.

A lot will happen between now and the draft, which begins on April 25, including private workouts, college all-star games and the NFL Scouting Combine.

Still, as far as the Cardinals are concerned, their biggest needs are pretty easily identifiable: quarterback and offensive line.

While this is regarded to be a fairly weak QB class, there appear to be several talented lineman from which the Cardinals may be left to choose from.

ESPN NCAA football analyst Mark May, as a guest of Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Tuesday, had some pretty high praise for some of the top prospects, including Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel and Alabama guard Chance Womack.

"Well Joeckel and Womack will definitely probably be top-12 picks in my opinion," he said.

May said he does not expect A&M tackle Jake Matthews to leave college, but said the best offensive linemen in this draft have plenty to offer an NFL team.

"Those guys are not just great athletes and great players, but they're smart players and they're great technicians," he said. "When you look at offensive linemen, if you can see a guy that's a good technician in college you know that's going to carry over in the NFL."


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