Will the Cardinals draft a quarterback this offseason?
That is a question at the top of most people's minds as we get ready for the Combine this weekend and the NFL Draft in April. Many names have been floated around, including Matt Barkley from USC, Geno Smith from West Virginia, Tyler Wilson from Arkansas and Mike Glennon from NC State. But at this point, it's hard to tell which ones the Cards have valid interest in.
General Manager Steve Keim spoke from the site of the NFL Combine yesterday, saying that for the quarterback, it is just as much about putting them in a position to succeed as it is about their raw talent. Per Dan Kadar from Mocking the Draft:
Keim on QBs: If you can get a guy and have to put him in a position to succeed, I ask how high is too high?— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 21, 2013
Nothing Keim said there was untrue. Many quarterbacks are made or broken through the pieces that are put around them, including the offensive line and wide receivers. So what QB could the Cardinals have in mind, should they decide Kevin Kolb is not the answer? How about Geno Smith from WVU. He is considered the top quarterback in this draft according to many draft pundits and could easily fall to the seventh overall pick, where the Cards will make their selection.
With Geno, the Cardinals would presumably be getting a big time quarterback with a big arm, good accuracy and the willingness to lead. That is exactly what Steve Keim would be looking for.
Keim on QB evals: Being able to throw the football accurately on a big stage. In their own environment, they're comfortable.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 21, 2013
Keim said he wants to QBs out of their comfort zone but isn't concerned that Geno Smith has been with his top WR since HS.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 21, 2013
If Geno Smith came to the Cardinals, he likely wouldn't have Stedman Bailey coming with him, who is the wide receiver Kadar mentioned in the above tweet. Still, he would get Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Rob Housler and Andre Roberts to work with. I'm sure he could make due with that receiving corps.
So, how about it, Cardinals fans? Geno to AZ? Would you be in favor of the Cardinals taking him at seventh overall, should he fall? It sounds like Steve Keim would be.
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