For the 2017 NFL offseason, one thing is for certain, everyone knows the Arizona Cardinals need to find their quarterback of the future.
Whether it is in the draft, free agency, through a trade, the Arizona Cardinals need a quarterback for the post Carson Palmer years.
On his conference call with NFL writers from around the league, Mayock answered a number of questions regarding the draft, and one in particular was specifically for the Arizona Cardinals.
From the transcript:
Q. Knowing what the Cardinals need to do once Palmer retires maybe after this season, do they go draft to look for that future guy? Is there a guy they can mold within a year to take over?
I mentioned earlier in the call two quarterbacks I thought were interesting developmental prospects, and that's Kaaya and Dobbs. Another person I'd throw in there who is probably a third-round pick is Davis Webb from Cal, transfer from Texas Tech who was the MVP of the Senior Bowl. Played in the same Cal offense that Jared Goff did. He's very much a spread guy. He's not ready to play, but he's a big guy. He's got a live arm. He's got good enough feet. He's another guy I would really like to develop.
There is a lot of conversation with Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech. He's different. He's a gunslinger. He's got an innate feel for the game. The more I look at him, the more I'm pushing him higher and closer to that first-round conversation with Kizer, Watson, and Trubisky. So I think Mahomes is picking up steam in NFL circles.
I think you could get Webb perhaps in the third round, and then I think Kaaya and Dobbs are the guys as far as developmental guys if you're not going to try to trade for a quarterback, like a Garoppolo or Romo, et cetera
Would any of these guys on day two or three interest you? We know it is rare to find a true franchise quarterback in the middle rounds, but maybe the Arizona Cardinals are the next team to find their man.
On the other hand, love me some Mahomes... Maybe even at 13.