Our latest NFC West chat ended with a discussion on Mel Kiper Jr.'s recent success projecting first-round selections to the Arizona Cardinals. Turns out Mel did not have the Cardinals taking Michael Floyd at No. 13 in his final 2012 mock.
Still, the projections have been pretty good. Kiper had the Cardinals taking Dan Williams 26th overall in 2010, when he also nailed both first-round choices for Seattle (Russell Okung and Earl Thomas). He had Arizona taking Patrick Peterson fifth overall in 2011.
Going back to 2009, I noticed Kiper had the Cardinals taking Beanie Wells with the 31st pick in his mock from March 12. However, he changed that pick to Everette Brown in his final mock. Arizona did take Wells.
Dion Jordan is the projection for Arizona in the first round this year, although Mel notes that Jonathan Cooper is another player he thinks the Cardinals would consider strongly. Kiper also made a couple post-publication changes to his 2013 mock, including one affecting the NFC West. He now has the San Francisco 49ers using the 31st pick for safety Eric Reid. That pick lines up with the one I made for the 49ers in our recent blogger mock draft.
Programming note: We've got a full night ahead. I'll be driving over to Seattle Seahawks headquarters shortly and getting set up from there. See you in a while.