Arizona Cardinals: Quarterbacks at the Combine

Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) celebrates a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals will most likely be looking at a quarterback not early on but maybe in the lower-mid rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, someone they can groom to be their franchise quarterback.  With Carson Palmer having a decent season and holding his own, it is safe to say the Cards can take a year or two to groom someone to be their starter of the future.

A look at the quarterbacks that will be at the combine in a couple of weeks and you can probably find someone worth a second or third round pick that could be groomed.  No they won’t get Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortels.  Here’s a look at the top five guys the Cards should look at this year.

1. A.J. McCarron – Plain and simple, he knows how to win.  Early on in his career I wasn’t too high on him but he could be a possibility if he slips out of the first round.

2. Aaron Murray – a high TD/low interception guy.  He is a bit of a risk with an ACL injury but he could be a third or fourth rounder that the Cards might be able to get a steal on.  Know any other SEC third rounders the Cards have been able to steal who people weren’t sure could make it?  Amazing he’s expected to make a combine appearance after getting injured in November.

3. Jimmy Garoppolo – not the name most would think about but he’s likely a second or third round guy who could be better than Tony Romo.  He’s already broken Romo’s Eastern Illinois records.

4. Tajh Boyd – I like this kid from Clemson a lot.  He’s projected as a fifth rounder so if the Cards take him, it’ll definitely be a year or two before you see him on the field on a consistent basis. People don’t like his size, however he can sure move around and is overall considered a tough player.

5. David Carr – I certainly regard Carr higher than Boyd or Garoppolo, however I don’t think Carr is still around when the Cards are ready to draft a quarterback.  He’ll probably be a high second-rounder at best.  If he is still there when the Cards select, they should grab him no question

Topics: 2014 Nfl Draft, Arizona Cardinals

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