Through three rounds, the Cardinals have stuck to their board, but have emerged without a quarterback. That's right folks, no Patrick Mahomes II, Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Davis Webb, or C.J. Beathard (didn't see that coming) for the Cardinals. We might have to wait until the third day, or worse yet, 2018.
Is the 2018 crop better then this years version? I have no earthly idea, but I will tell you this, obviously Keim and Arians believe in developing next years QB. If I'm being honest, I really only wanted two QB's at 13, and for a little bit, I thought we would have a chance at them. Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, one who throws the ball prettier then Brett Favre playing the Raiders, minus the footwork (Mahomes), the other being on a constant winner year after year (Watson), but is a total gamer. Didn't happen.
But I digress. We took a linebacker who is very light on his feet (and I'll be there first one to say I didn't want Reddick), but the Cards seem to think of him as an inside linebacker. I thought he wouldn't be a inside linebacker because Temple used him as a defensive end in 2015, and an outside linebacker in 2016. In round two, the Cardinals traded up for what many thought was for DeShone Kizer or Davis Webb, but instead it was Budda Baker of Washington. THIS! This is why I think the Cardinals had an A+ day in my opinion. Baker is that kind of athlete that would be an every down safety, and I was very surprised he made it to round 2.
Again, I digress. At that point of time, the Cardinals seemed like a team that would take a QB in the third round, but again, they traded (this time back). We end up selecting a wide receiver who had over 1300 yards receiving, but was busted for marijuana possession. Classic Bruce Arians move.
Now the Cardinals are inching closer to the 4th round, and some (including I) are expecting a quarterback in the last day of the draft. But who?
1. Nathan Peterman - Pittsburgh
Seems like a third round selection, as he has been in a pro-system, and would be the type of guy who would take less time to learn from Carson Palmer. Not bad, except he didn't really do very well when actually had a good o-line and running back. 27 touchdowns to 7 interceptions, not bad. He beat Clemson at Clemson, but couldn't beat Northwestern?
2. Joshua Dobbs - Tennessee
Let me first clarify, I really put Peterman ahead of Dobbs because of the developmental aspect. I love Dobbs, in my opinion, he's much more accustomed to tough competition then that of Peterman. The SEC is constantly pushing out top competition, while the ACC is more of a finesse college conference. If the Cardinals draft either, or, I wouldn't be disappointed, as they are going to be afforded a chance to learn.
3. C.J. Beathard - Iowooops just kidding, San Francisco took him mistakingly I think.
3. Kyle Sloter - Northern Colorado
This is honestly my surprising selection for the Cardinals. Is he worth a 4th rounder? I don't know, that's for Steve Keim to decide, not I, nor you. The small school prospect is actually fairly new to the college game, as he only played one year of QB during his time at Northern Colorado. He did have 29 touchdowns though, and showed he was a capable prospect when he threw in the wind on his pro-day. Just saying, I really like him.
My other prospects to look for in the rest of the draft:
1. Dwayne Thomas - Louisiana State
A benifactor of the long-storied LSU backfield.
2. Elijah Lee - Kansas State
I don't think they'll take Lee (because of them already taking an underclassmen and me being superstitious), but he is very interesting.
3. Michael Roberts - Toledo
Big blocking tight end, someone who would replace injury-prone Troy Niklas in the offense.
4. Jamaal Williams - Brigham Young
Has overcome adversity, would be an Ariansy pick, as a complement to David Johnson. Why not?
5. Pharaoh Brown - Oregon
He was injured on a freak play, now he could be a safe pick for the Cardinals in the latter rounds.
6. Nathan Gerry - Nebraska
Man-crush 2016! Nathan Gerry is the guy that slipped through the pipes after being labeled as a typical "white-guy defensive back". Look past that, he's a good player.
7. Desmond King - Iowa
He won't be there for the Cardinals to pick, trust me, defensive backs are going fast. Should the Cards take him if he is their?
8. Jarell Carter - Trinity International
Big hearted corner who made plenty of plays at small college Trinity International. Could be a special teams contributor in year one, nickel corner on a very deep secondary room.
9. Darrell Daniels - Washington
Once declared "I will run the fastest time at the combine", but he didn't. Sad. Still a good tight end value in the fourth and fifth round range.
10. Eli Ankou - UCLA
"Keep dreaming John" roars the Cardinals fanbase. I just want one more defensive lineman in the Cardinals room, por favor.
That's it, next time you hear from me will be after the draft. In the meantime, enjoy the draft, and go Cards!