NFC West: Manti Te'o

The Arizona Cardinals could have selected inside linebacker Manti Te'o with the 38th pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Instead, they traded back to No. 45 and selected another inside linebacker, Kevin Minter of LSU.

Arizona needed help at the position after moving on from veteran starter Paris Lenon and one-time projected starter Stewart Bradley. Current starter Daryl Washington will serve a four-game suspension opening the 2013 season. Minter should compete for a starting job as a rookie.

The Cardinals still have a need at safety. The team could be in position to address that need with the 110th overall choice, a fourth-rounder acquired from San Diego in the aforementioned trade. The team also holds the 69th and 103rd choices.
The Arizona Cardinals were on the clock with the 38th overall choice when they bailed from the pick, allowing the San Diego Chargers to use it for Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

Arizona sent the 38th pick to San Diego for the 40th and 216th choices.

The Te'o story is well known, of course. He said he was duped into a fake online relationship, creating headlines that threatened to overshadow his playing career.

The Cardinals could use help at inside linebacker, but they also need draft choices as first-year coach Bruce Arians and first-year general manager Steve Keim reshape the roster. Arizona now holds the 45th, 69th, 103rd, 110th, 140th, 174th and 219th choices. The team drafted guard Jonathan Cooper at No. 7.

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