2014 NFL mock draft: Another QB projection for Arizona Cardinals

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As the draft approaches, the chatter of the Cardinals and a QB seems to be betting louder.

SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn and Dan Kadar collaborated to put together their latest mock draft, one in which the Arizona Cardinals get their supposed "quarterback of the future" in the first round.

The Raiders take Blake Bortles with the fifth pick, but no other quarterback goes again until the 19th pick, where the Browns trade up for Johnny Manziel. At number 20, the Cardinals go with Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr.

Yes, Derek Carr is the third quarterback off the board. It's mostly due to the fit. Bruce Arians has been outspoken about his desire to have a big quarterback under center, and the Cardinals' offense lends itself to a strong-armed passer. Carr's ability to operate within a vertical passing game could give him the edge over Teddy Bridgewater, who is falling for some inconceivable reason.

If the Cards felt they needed to pick a quarterback, I do see how they would take Carr over Bridgewater. Carr has the better build and arm. He's a lot like Carson Palmer, in fact. The issues he has come with traffic in the pocket, as can be the case with Palmer.

Do I see this happening? It would surprise me a bit, as I know that the team is looking to get an impact player in the first round. At the same time, if they do select a quarterback, it will be because they "are in love with the guy," and that should instill a bit of confidence in Cardinals fans because they don't feel they have to draft a QB. If they do, it's because they really believe in his ability.

Do you want a Derek Carr waiting in line to take over for Carson Palmer?

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