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ROTB Roundtable: Beanie Wells, Best QB, and Draft Strategy

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As the off-season moves on, and the draft nears, questions are arising.


The ROTB Writing Staff took their swing at answering three of these pressing questions.

Don't forget to answer them yourselves in the comments below!

1) Do you think Coach Arians should give RB Beanie Wells a chance at a career revival with theCardinals, or should the team pursue a whole new option? (If so, who?)

Randy Fields: I think they should draft planning for Wells to be gone. But they should give him a fair shot in training camp. He's had a bad run of luck with his knees. Maybe he can get healthy this year and produce.

Alex Mann: I think Arians will give him Training Camp, and until the first Cut Day to prove he's got something there. He's inexpensive, and we'll probably go for a Rookie RB, or even look for someone in Free Agency.

Jess Root:
His contract says why not give him another shot. But between he and Ryan Williams, that leaves a lot in the air regarding injuries. I bet that Arians brings in a veteran guy he has coached before.

Tyler Nickel: Personally, I'm tired of waiting on Beanie Wells. The Cards can keep him on the last year of his deal, but after that, they should let him go.

2) Who, in your opinion, is the top QB in the draft?

Randy Fields:
Geno Smith. I think he has the skills to be a good NFL QB.

Alex Mann:
Geno Smith and Matt Barkley. Don't get me wrong, neither is going to impress like the Rookies this and prior years, but they both have the talent and the smarts to play in the League. It's hard to distinguish which will have the better career.

Jess Root:
I like Geno Smith, but I haven't looked at much tape to say for sure. I like how hungry he is, his arm strength and his accuracy.

Tyler Nickel:
I am partial to Geno Smith. He's mobile, can throw the deep ball and has pretty good accuracy.

"Best Player Available" vs. "Reaching for need": Which draft strategy do you support?

Randy Fields:
I think you need a balance of need versus BPA. If you need four starting linemen and you draft a QB, a CB, and a WR you're going to feel that sooner or later. You need to take the BPA for your need from time to time.

Alex Mann:
BPA. More times than not, you'll be able to fill the need with BPA. Say you're picking 7th like we are, and your BPA is say... Dee Milliner, but right behind him at #8 on your board is Eric Fisher, you aren't reaching but you're picking BPA and filling your need.

Jess Root:
You have to use both. Anymore, there is not much "reaching" because that term was based on the contract. Since rookie contracts are under control, taking a guy at five or 15 is not terribly significant. You have to weigh need into the overall grade. You pretty much always have to reach for a quarterback. If you don't, you end up with a guy that won't make it in the league. That's just how it is. You "reach" when the need is significant or if it is for a player that will make a difference on the team. This is why quarterbacks go higher than they should because they are difference makers.

Tyler Nickel:
BPA all the way. The best is when your team is able to draft the best player available while also filling a need. That tends to work well (see: Campbell, Calais and Washington, Daryl)