Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
There's a big difference when talking about who the Arizona Cardinals should take at No. 7, and who they will take. When evaluating this team from a talent standpoint, it's easy to see it needs help in a multitude of areas. Offensive tackle, offensive guard, quarterback and outside linebacker could all stand an upgrade.
Carson Palmer is a bridge quarterback to the future, Adam Snyder needs to be replaced at guard, Nate Potter and Levi Brown don't exactly scream elite and O'Brien Schofield is never going to be DeMarcus Ware. Those are the harsh realities in the desert right now.
So instead of targeting the biggest position of need inside the top 10, Arians and Keim need to target the best player on their board. Whether that's Chance Warmack, Geno Smith, Lane Johnson or Dion Jordan. Which one of those players will impact Arizona the most?
To me, Johnson is that guy. He's an extremely effective pass-protector, he has incredible feet and he can get to blocks on the second level. What's not to like? Some believe the Cardinals simply go offensive guard here because of the high-regard surrounding Warmack.
Warmack would be a great pick, no question, but not at No. 7. Guards just don't go that high in the draft, plain and simple. A franchise left tackle is more valued than a left guard. Whether that's truly the case is up for debate, but that's the way talent evaluators in the NFL see it.