first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Clearly this season has not gone as planned for theArizona Cardinals. The team stands at 1-6 with the 21st ranked offense and29th ranked defense. Obviously there are plenty of holes to fill, and somecould make the argument that almost every position needsan upgrade, but one glaring weakness the Cards possess isthe offensive line. This season the line has allowed 24sacks, second most in the NFL.Not to be pessimistic or anything, but the Cardinals arewell on their way to earning a top five pick for thesecond consecutive year. Remember, this is only a list of the top ranked offensivelinemen, the player’s that will most likely be taken inthe first two rounds — if not the first round alone.There will be plenty more talent to pick from in thefollowing rounds. So even though there are nine weeks left the season wedecided to look at the top offense linemen in next year’sdraft.• USC OT Matt Kalil Kalil has been compared to former number one pick JakeLong. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both rank himas the best offensive lineman in the 2012 class, and bothhave him number two on their big board. Only problem is ifKiper and McShay are right then the Cardinals probablywon’t have the chance to draft the offensive tackle.That’s because the Colts and Dolphins will probably havethe top two picks in the draft, since both currently sitat 0-7 and are actually in worse condition than theCardinals.• Stanford OT Jonathan Martin ESPN Scouts Inc. currently ranks Martin as the seventhoverall prospect. Kiper ranks him sixth on his big boardand says he is a trusted blindside blocker for Andrew Luckwith good ability to get to the second level. McShay rankshim seventh on his board. If Kalil is gone this could bethe best possible fit for the Cardinals, who could sit ashigh as third in the draft. • Iowa OT Riley Reiff Reiff, yet another offensive tackle, ranks ninth onKiper’s board and 12th on McShay’s. One positive aboutReiff is that he has not missed a game at Iowa, whichshows his durability. Kiper writes that the Hawkeye moveswell and is effective at getting under the pads ofdefenders and is another complete tackle expected to betaken in the top ten. Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away • Georgia T/G Cordy Glenn Now even though the above three players are all ranked inKiper and McShay’s top 32, Glenn is not. McShay doesn’trank Glenn but Kiper ranks him 16th. Kiper ranks thecurrent Bulldog 16th because of two factors: experienceand versatility. Glenn can play either tackle or guard,which could make him valuable among NFL teams that shuffleoffensive linemen around, like the Cardinals.• Stanford G David DeCastro DeCastro is the second Stanford Cardinal to make the listand while Kiper doesn’t rank him, McShay puts him atnumber 20 on his top 32. McShay wrote that DeCastro is the“most dominant” inside lineman in the nation. DeCastro isan integral part of the Stanford O-line that helps theteam rush for an average of 219 yards per game. Could be aperfect to open up holes for the between the tacklesrunning style of Beanie Wells. • Oklahoma State OT Levy Adcock Kiper ranks Adcock 25th on his big board. The 6-6, 322pound senior is versatile with good footwork and movement.Adcock’s biggest strength is his consistency, something astruggling Cardinals offensive line has yet to find. DeCastro, Reiff, Martin and Kalil are all underclassmen soeven though it’s expected they’ll come out, there is noguarantee meaning that the top offensive lineman in nextyear’s draft could be Cordy Glenn. Top Stories last_img read more