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NFL Draft order set: Cardinals own 13th overall selection

Would the Cardinals consider drafting a replacement to quarterback Carson Palmer with the 13th overall pick?

After starting the season 5-8-1, the Arizona Cardinals were poised to earn a top-10 draft slot for the first time since the team selected guard Jonathan Cooper 7th overall in 2013.

However, the Cardinals won their final two regular season contests to finish the year 7-8-1, finishing the season outside of the playoff hunt but also outside of the top-10 spots in this year's NFL Draft.

After Sunday's game, the Cardinals learned they are set to draft 13th overall in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, selecting one spot behind the Cleveland Browns who own the Philadelphia Eagles' first round pick and one spot in front of the Indianapolis Colts who capped off the season with an 8-8 record.

The last time the Cardinals held the 13th overall pick in the NFL Draft came in 2012, when the team selected embattled wide receiver Michael Floyd out of Notre Dame with their first round selection.

In the past three seasons, the Cardinals have made their first overall selection late in the first round, with their 2014 choice of Deone Bucannon coming with the 27th selection, their 2015 choice of D.J. Humphries coming with the 24th selection, and their 2016 choice of Robert Nkemdiche coming with the 29th selection.

On Monday, head coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals hope to find a quarterback of the future for the franchise this offseason, but did not specify whether the team would look for the quarterback through a trade, via free agency, or in the 2017 draft. 

Some of the quarterbacks expected to be considered potential first round selections include North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky, Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Notre Dame's Deshone Kizer, Wyoming's Josh Allen, and Cal's Davis Webb. In a recent CBSSports.com mock draft, the Cardinals were linked to Kizer with the 13th overall pick.

Aside from hoping to find a quarterback of the future this offseason, the Cardinals have plenty of other needs to address, as many of the team's highest-profile players are entering free agency. If defensive tackle Calais Campbell doesn't return, Arizona could conceivably draft at the position again after selecting Nkemdiche in the first round last year. If middle linebacker Kevin Minter doesn't come back, the Cardinals may have a hole to fill in the middle of their defense.

With the retirement of right guard Evan Mathis imminent and the potential retirement of star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on the horizon, the Cardinals may also pursue an offensive player who doesn't call the quarterback position home. However, on Monday, Arians indicated the Cardinals would not be interested in pursuing a wide receiver in the first round of the draft. 

As of the conclusion of the regular season, the Cardinals still possess all seven draft choices allotted to them in the 2017 draft, with one selection slated for each round. 


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