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Arizona Cardinals Choose Offensive Guard Jonathan Cooper With First-Round Pick

It might not be the most exciting pick as far as play-making is concerned, but the Arizona Cardinals selected offensive guard Jonathan Cooper with the team's first-round pick, the seventh pick overall.

It's probably a good pick for the Cardinals, based on the anemic offensive-line play from last year, and you can only hope he's better than the Cards' last offensive lineman picked in the first round, Levi Brown -- who was picked fifth overall in 2007, two spots before Adrian Peterson.

Cooper, from the University of North Carolina, was the first guard taken in the draft, but the fourth offensive lineman; the other three picks before him were all defensive linemen.

Watching offensive guard play isn't exactly sexy to most people, but the highlights (and a couple low-lights) do exist:



Only one quarterback was taken in the first round yesterday, as Buffalo took Florida State's E.J. Manuel, so the Cardinals have plenty to choose from -- if they decide to take that route -- with the sixth pick of the second round, which starts this afternoon.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is still available, which would also be interesting, if he stays available until the Cardinals are up to pick.

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