With the main part of free agency over, we can turn our attention to the 2016 NFL Draft. The quarterback position might finally be addressed as Carson Palmer is getting older. Local reporter and radio host John Gambadoro said on the air on Monday there are a few guys the Cardinals have interest in at the position.
Head coach Bruce Arians is already on the record about Carson Wentz. He really likes him, but he will be long gone by the time the Cardinals make their first selection with the 29th pick.
Gambo reported four other names who the Cardinals like and also said the team would like to draft a quarterback, but will not force the selection.
Paxton Lynch is a guy who came up. Lynch, the 6-7, 245-pounder out of Memphis, completed almost 67 percent of his passes for over 3700 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Stanford's Kevin Hogan could be a target, but in the third or fourth round. Hogan is 6-4 and 218 pounds and completed almost 68 percent of his passes for over 2800 yards 27 scores and eight picks.
A guy who is intriguing to Arizona is Ohio State's Cardale Jones. At 6-5 and 249, he is build the way Arians likes his quarterbacks. After coming on late in 2014 to lead the Buckeyes to a national title, he split time at quarterback with J.T. Barrett. Jones was inconsistent in 2015. He completed 109 of 175 passes for over 1400 yards, eight touchdowns and was intercepted five times. Gambo did not say in what round the Cardinals might consider him.
The last guy is Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty, who put up gaudy numbers. He is 6-3 and 200 pounds, but led college football with a completion percentage of nearly 74 percent, over 5000 yards passing and 48 touchdowns. He is projected to be as high as a fifth round pick or as low as undrafted.
The Cardinals are not afraid of drafting guys from small schools, but there are a few things they always consider -- did the dominate their level of competition? Doughty certainly did. They look at his performance against top competition. Doughty might be a guy they could develop.
Of the four guys mentioned, who would be your preference?