Arizona selects Jonathan Cooper seventh in the 2013 NFL Draft

4/25/13 in NFL   |   droth   |   127 respect

With the seventh pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Jonathan Cooper, guard out of North Carolina. Number seven is awfully high for a guard, but he is the best pass protecting guard in this year's class, filling a huge need for Arizona.

The Cardinals got off to a 4-0 start season behind Kevin Kolb, but won only one of their final 12Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper runs the 40 yard dash during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sportsgames due, in large part, to their inability to score.  During that 12 game span, the only time the Cardinals scored 20 or more points was in their week 15 victory over Detroit.  They also had three games during that span where their starting QB failed to reach 100 yards through the air.  Carson Palmer is an improvement over John Skelton, Brian Hoyer, and Ryan Lindley, but Arizona needed to upgrade their offensive line and running game if they want to see the offense improve in the rugged NFC West.

They finished last in the NFL in the following offensive statistics: rushing attempts, rushing yards per game, yards per carry, interceptions thrown, first downs, and quarterback rating.  All of that can be addressed with the selection of Cooper.

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