2012 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 13

PALO ALTO CA - NOVEMBER 27: Jonathan Martin #55 and Richard Sherman #9 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate after they beat the Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Stadium on November 27 2010 in Palo Alto California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. Up now is the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 13 overall pick.

With the 13th pick in the 2012 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.

The gang from Revenge of the Birds breaks down the choice and I respond after the jump. For more on the Cardinals, make sure to check out RevengeOfTheBirds.com.

Revenge of the Birds explains: The offensive line is clearly the Cardinals’ greatest need. With both David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin on the board, the decision is tough. DeCastro could be an elite guard. Martin has great film, but has one glaring weakness -- his weakness (lack of strength). In the end, Martin is the guy to go with because the Cardinals seek a tackle, especially someone who could play left tackle. Martin’s technique is great, his athleticism is without question and if strength is the only thing lacking, he can acquire that with John Lott, one of the best in the business at strength and conditioning.

Dan Kadar responds: There are two places the Cardinals should look early in the draft -- pass rush and offensive line. Apparently someone in Arizona likes Levi Brown after the team re-signed him this offseason. So that may lead you to believe the team would consider a player like South Carolina's Melvin Ingram here. But if the Cardinals' front office is smart, they'd run their card to the podium if Martin is available. While he may not project as being an elite left tackle, he should certainly be better than Brown.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
7 Dre Kirkpatrick
CB Alabama scouting report
9 David DeCastro
G Stanford
scouting report
12 Devon Still
DT Penn State
prospect notes
14 Luke Kuechly
MLB Boston College
scouting report
15 Michael Brockers
DT LSU
scouting report
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