In the ever ending reach of finding a NFL quarterback, have the Arizona Cardinals ever looked past the country's boundaries?
Carson Palmer is basically on a one year contract. Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley aren't long term viable options. The team is going to need a successor to Palmer and probably within the next draft or so.
At tiny Charleton University in Ottawa, Canada -- Adam Pierre is making a name for himself and moving up the NFL draft boards. At 6-6 260 pounds with a cannon arm and 4.5 40 speed, the former Raven has set Canadian college records while slowly moving into NFL draft talk.
Cousin of former MLB New York Met phenom pitcher Sidd Finch, Pierre has been known for 70 yard TD bombs as well as 70 yard TD boot option runs. While Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is not favorable towards read-option play callers, would he turn down what scouts are calling a much faster, more mobile Ben Roethlisberger that he supervised with the Pittsburgh Steelers?
The Cardinals have gone the small college route before with Northern Iowa's Kurt Warner, Presbyterian's Justin Bethel, Greg Toler's Saint Paul's college, etc and have reached beyond the borders with LB Stevie Baggs among others. The NFL quarterback fraternity other than Warner and Miami of Ohio's Roethlisberger has seen Eastern Illinois' Tony Romo succeed, so is a Canuck that far out of hand?
A year ago, Pierre wasn't on the scene, just wallowing in the Amhearst Canadian League. Then after having thrown for 5,280 yards and 59 TDs while leading his team to the 2013 Macafee Central League title with a 12-0 record, teams have begun to take notice.
Mostly viewed as a undrafted free agent, his stock has risen enough that clubs are seriously thinking of taking him in the later rounds, some projecting as high as a 4th. Uninvited to the combine, he will hold his pro day workout today - April 1st at Charleston's Plimpton's field with many NFL personnel expected to be there, including the Cardinals.
The team is supposedly also interested in fellow Canadian OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from McGill College. Would a draft that included two small school non-Americans as late round choices sit well with the BirdGang? Would their nationality even matter or would it all be just a joke?
Here is the source of the reported interest.