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2012 Kiper mock 5.0: Cardinals thoughts

4/25/2012

Mel Kiper Jr. is backInsider with his fifth and final 2012 NFL mock draft for the first round.

We discussed the San Francisco 49ers' projection at No. 30 (Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler was the choice).

The Arizona Cardinals, picking 13th, are next up.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

Kiper's give: They could really use an offensive tackle, but Ingram is a steal in this spot. (Seattle could certainly be in play for him.) While we can quibble with short arms and a lack of height, Ingram is a disruptive pass-rusher with an arsenal of moves, and doesn't get engulfed by bigger tackles the way you'd worry he might. Arizona won't pass on a guy many consider the best sack artist in the draft.

Sando's take: Giving defensive coordinator Ray Horton another pass-rushing weapon to go with young linebackers Sam Acho and O'Brien Schofield could help the Cardinals sustain the defensive momentum they generated late last season. The Cardinals finished the 2011 season with good sack numbers, but they have lacked a single dominant pass-rushing force. Ingram has the potential to line up in multiple places, including outside linebacker. The value would seem to be better with Ingram than with offensive tackle Riley Reiff, who Kiper has falling to San Diego at No. 18. A dynamic pass-rusher carries much greater potential for impact than even the best right tackles. It would be tough to argue with the Cardinals' thinking if they selected Ingram.