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Quarterback is a Must With First Round Pick

So, you want Andrew Luck huh? Good luck I say. Not happening. The Arizona Cardinals should draft a quarterback with the fifth pick in the draft, but who should it be?  If last night's performance in the Orange Bowl didn't convince you, I can't help you any further.  Should he come out, Luck should be the number one pick and most likely going to the Carolina Panthers, who I would have a hard time seeing trading out of the spot.

There are man many mock drafts out there.  I was told there is one suggesting the Cards are going after a DT with the first round pick.  I can tell you not even the Cards can mess that up.  No way are they going DT with the number five pick.  If the Cards haven't already picked up a veteran quarterback by the time the draft comes around, then quarterback is the only choice.  Anything else the Cards do after that point is useless if they fail to draft a QB in the first round.

So who should the Cards take?  That's the million dollar question.  They need someone who isn't a 3-4 year project but it is ok to find someone who can be a year or two away at most if being mentored by a proven veteran.  The Cards tried the project route last off-season.  We all know how the movie ended, although expect John Skelton to be part of this team in 2011, either as the number two or three guy depending on how things play out.

If they wait until later rounds to pick up a quarterback (this would be because they were able to secure a proven veteran quarterback via trade or free agency), then there are a couple of quarterbacks I like.  I like Andy Dalton from TCU and Colin Kaepernick from Nevada.  We'll see what happens.  Much more on this as time progresses.

Which QB do you want the Cards to draft (excluding Andrew Luck)?

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  • Jeremy Roemmich

    I’m a big fan of TCU’s Andy Dalton, or Delaware’s Pat Devlin, who will both be around in the second round. I’m not sold on Newton as a franchise quarterback, amd I have alot of trouble considering him a first round talent. Locker, Mallet, and Gabbert round out the potential first round quarterbacks, and I am not convinced that any of the three will find success in the pro game.

    There are solid offensive lineman (Da’Quan Bowers of Clemson, and Derek Sherrod of Miss. State) who could add depth, and talent to the line, where both starting gaurds have no contract 2011 at this point, with Faneca mulling over retirement. Jeremy Bridges certainly isn’t cemented in his starting role at right tackel, etiher.

    On the defensive side of the ball, Auburn’s Nick Fairley, and Oregon State’s Stephen Paea could both be considered options, but resigning Branch, and Watson could fill depth issues here. Bryan Robinson has been considering hanging up the cleats, which would allow 2010′s first round pick Dan Williams to anchor the defensive line in 2011, but will also mean the team needs to add depth at the posistion. L.S.U.’s Patrick Peterson, and Nebraska’s Prince Aukamora are both Top Ten capable cornerbacks, and should be considered as well.

    Right now my front runner for the pick is either Bowers, or Sherrod, but trading back isn’t out of the question. If the Cards can slide 10 picks in the first round, and acquire a 3rd round pick in the trade, it would certainly earn them a high draft rating, as they can select either Sherrod, or Mike Pouncey (Florida), then either Dalton, or Devlin in the second round.

  • Jeremy Roemmich

    My apologies to anyone who might have been confused due to my origional comment. I mixed up ACC names, and listed Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers as an offensive line option in the draft, instead of Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo. Bowers, while still a top prospect is actually a defensive lineman, and quite a good one. While typing my reply, I was in conversation with a friend about ACC prospects, and some how managed to make the error not once, but twice. I am amused, yet embarrassed by my error, and more so that I didn’t catch it when I went over the post before submitting.