Sam Ehlinger, Texas
Ehlinger is a larger version of Kyler Murray. And many, including Athlon Sports and Lindy’s Draft Magazines, have even compared him to Tim Tebow, given his size and scrambling ability. However, unlike Tebow, Ehlinger’s passing mechanics improved throughout his time at Texas.
While Ehlinger is still light years away from becoming a viable NFL quarterback, even as a backup, he can learn from Murray and McCoy serving in an inactive role during his rookie season. This would make Ehlinger a great value pick in the fifth round if the Cardinals are looking for a legitimate option as the QB3 in 2021 and a future QB2.
Best yet, he’ll be under a good quarterback whisperer in Kliff Kingsbury. And while I’ve panned Kingsbury’s head coaching ability in the past, there’s no denying that he has talent in building quarterbacks. Just ask Baker Mayfield, Case Keenum, and Patrick Mahomes, among other success stories.
Some of you may see a flyer on Ehlinger in the fifth round (or later) as a wasted pick. But the truth is that McCoy won’t be there forever and we’ve already seen enough of Streveler. Also, Kyler Murray didn’t exactly excel in the durability department during the latter half of 2020.