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Without a doubt, the Cardinals biggest need is at the quarterback position.
The best QB in the draft, Andrew Luck, is all but guaranteed to go off the board first overall, which means that Ryan Mallett, Jake Locker or Cam Newton will likely be the Cardinals only options.
Mallett is the right shape and size to succeed for the Cardinals, and many consider him a natural fit. However, his stock has risen so high recently that more than a few pundits now predict that the Bills may take him before Arizona gets the chance.
If that is the case, the Cardinals should not reach for either Locker or Newton.
While Locker was at one point tipped as the second best quarterback in the draft, following a poor 2010 college season, his stock has slid to the point where he is not considered a viable starter in the NFL for 2011.
Newton has clearly had a fantastic season, and many talking heads are now considering him a top-five pick. But like Locker, he does not look ready to take the reigns of an NFL team, yet.
A lot of Cardinals fans will disagree, but if Luck and Mallett are off the board, then the Cardinals should pick Prince Amukamara or AJ Green.
Why? After Luck and Mallet, they are the two most NFL ready players in the draft, while Locker or Newton will likely develop into fantastic QBs, they will only do so after a few seasons under the tutelage of a veteran quarterback, something the Cardinals do not have.
Amukamara is a corner with rare skill. He would provide excellent support for DRC in a position that has been more than a little lackluster this season.
AJ Green is also a player with tremendous talent, perhaps the most exciting receiver to come out of the draft since Larry Fitzgerald himself. While he appears to be the player least ready to take the field week one, he doesn't need to be.
Arizona have a fine group of young receivers, including Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston and Early Doucet as well as second year player Andre Roberts. Green would slot in at third receiver, but has the skill to become a second receiver by the end of the season.
Of course, not drafting a QB in the first round will mean trading for one. However, I believe McNabb is still not a good fit in Washington and can be convinced to join the Cardinals for not much more than a late round pick.