2012 NFL Mock Draft: Arizona Cardinals 7 Round Mock Draft, Version 1.0

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Arizona Cardinals 7 Round Mock Draft, Version 1.0
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Okay. So I'm a little late to the party for a version 1.0 mock draft, but here it is anyway.

Just before Christmas last year, I did a complete, seven round mock draft for the Arizona Cardinals. Unfortunately the final results were pretty patchy, and I failed to predict even a single Cardinals pick, it nonetheless proved a lot of fun.

This season, I've left it a little later before throwing my predictions out there, in the hope that I'll come a little closer to the mark.

Before the combine, it's still a little early to make really solid predictions, of course, but hopefully this will make for some entertaining reading nonetheless.

Before we start, a few pointers. Since I do not have the time or expertise to mock what every other team are going to do in the draft, I have made some assumptions. For the purposes of this draft, I'm going to assume that each player goes off the board during his earliest projected round, unless I have a reason to believe he will fall. As a result, around 40-50 players are going off my big board each round, which will not happen in the real draft. As a result, better players will likely be available to the Cardinals in later rounds than the ones I am mocking for them.

As the Cardinals took Patrick Peterson and Ryan Williams in the first two rounds of last years draft, I am going to assume that the Cardinals draft mentality is now more of the "best player available" mode, than the "draft for a need" system which they have traditionally used. 

The goal of this mock, therefore, is not necessarily to pick the exact players the Cardinals will take, but to project the type of draft that the Cardinals may end up having. 

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