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Thoughts as Cardinals draft for defense

4/27/2013

The Arizona Cardinals have drafted for defense with three of their first four selections in the 2013 NFL draft after ranking 31st last season with 25 offensive touchdowns.

Misplaced priorities? Not necessarily.

The team upgraded at quarterback by adding Carson Palmer by trade. The offensive line will be healthier and more talented with first-round pick Jonathan Cooper in the lineup. The line was already improving late last season.

That is how the Cardinals can feel good about leaning toward defense to this point in the draft despite fielding one of the NFL's best units on that side of the ball in 2012.

Texas defensive end Alex Okafor was the choice for Arizona with the 103rd overall pick (fourth round) Saturday. The team previously selected Cooper in the first round, linebacker Kevin Minter in the second and LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu in the third round.