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There's a lot to consider for the Arizona Cardinals at the running back position and along the offensive line.
First, William Powell (restricted), Alfonso Smith (unrestricted) and LaRod Stephens-Howling (unrestricted) are all free agents.
Secondly, Beanie Wells doesn't expect to be back in 2013.
According to Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports last week, Wells stated:
"I'm auditioning for a job somewhere else," Beanie Wells said Monday.
The former first-round pick believes his days are numbered in the desert.
"Without a doubt," said Wells. "It's inevitable."
Trading back in the draft as we previously discussed can potentially provide Arizona with an additional second- or third-round pick—on top of whatever else it can get for trading back. There, a ball carrier such as Oregon's Kenjon Barner, Alabama's Eddie Lacy, Clemson's Andre Ellington or Wisconsin's Montee Ball are just a few capable of making an immediate impact.
However, the first round is stacked with standout offensive linemen.
If the Cardinals were to trade down—depending on how far—top prospects such as Texas A&M's Jake Matthews (tackle), Central Michigan's Eric Fisher (tackle), North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper (guard) or Alabama's Barrett Jones (center) could be available.
And since Arizona gave up 58 sacks and averaged a mere 3.4 yards per rushing attempt, getting more talent to present a physical attack will take pressure away from Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald.