The Cardinals Could Benefit From The Tedious Wait Of The Draft
By Earl Burnett
Moving the Draft three weeks back has been torture to the fans and media in a sense that mock drafts are just getting way to out of control. Or it could be that the longer waiting period allows prospects to jockey for position by making more appearances on television to boost their draft status.
Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
This week according to the latest NFL.com mock draft by Charles Davis its possible that once at the top of the list quarterback Blake Bortles could fall to the Arizona Cardinals at number 20 in the first round.
This may not be that much of a stretch as all of the quarterbacks are in question to make it out of the first round. Most of the mocks have Houston selecting Jadeveon Clowney number one and Greg Robinson going number two to the St. Louis Rams and Khalil Mack to Jacksonville at number three.
This is the chain reaction that will push the need of signal caller back in the latter part of the first round into the second round, if this is the consensus for these first three teams then look for the rest of the league to go best player on the board based on athletic talent.
This leaves quarterbacks like Blake Bortles available later in the round, should he get that far this could be the moment the Cardinals have been waiting for for five years, a chance to have a choice between Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Teddy Bridgewater, to be their future starting quarterback.
This is not likely to happen but as we continue to wait and the teams play strategy moves to not show their hand, this could make for a pretty good Draft for the Cardinals, knowing that there is at least one quarterback that will make it as an NFL starter and could be available late first round.
Stay tuned as we will profile Blake Bortles and show why he has been at times named the best NFL ready prospect in the draft.