Levi Brown May Wind Up Playing Guard in 2013 and More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterFebruary 27, 2013

TEMPE, AZ - JUNE 13:  Offensive tackle Levi Brown #75 of the Arizona Cardinals practices in the minicamp at the team's training center facility on June 13, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The evaluation of the Arizona Cardinals has been underway for sometime now. We all know that general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians are searching high and low for improved quarterback play, yet the organization has been awfully quiet about other players and positional needs.

One of those players in question is left tackle Levi Brown. Brown hasn't exactly had a storybook type of tenure as a member of the Cardinals, but he has made recent strides since the final eight games of the 2011 season. However, he wasn't able to build upon a strong 2011 finish in 2012 as he missed the entire season with a torn triceps muscle.

Being absent from the lineup allowed the Cardinals to evaluate a couple of different players at left tackle last season, so the position now appears to be up for grabs in 2013. Obviously many feel that Arizona should look to the draft for its biggest positional need, or it should keep Nate Potter there given the impact he made as a rookie in 2012.

Regardless of which option the Cardinals go with, Brown would be primed for a move, according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com. Urban suggests that the sixth-year pro could slide inside and play offensive guard. With the way Adam Snyder played last season, it would be easy for Brown to take over at right guard and immediately dominate.

When asked about the potential move, here's what Keim had to say:

The fact Bruce wants our five best offensive linemen out there means Levi could potentially move inside to guard. That just depends on the combination of players we either sign in free agency. Looking at it on the horizon I don’t anticipate that happening, but you never want to say never.

As of now it appears to be 50/50 for the 2013 season, but as Keim said you never want to say never, especially for a team that hasn't had the best luck with offensive line play over the past few years.



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