Quarterback John Skelton said “in my heart of hearts, I always hoped the Cardinals would pick me.” That’s not a surprise. The Cards worked him out at Fordham just 10 days ago, and when Skelton — 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds — compares himself to anyone, it’s Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. You know, the guy who coach Ken Whisenhunt coached in Pittsburgh and with whom passing game coordinator Mike Miller is also very familiar.
He’s raw. He threw for 3,708 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this past season and in his own words, he has “the leadership qualities to be a starter in the NFL and the arm to make all the NFL throws.” But the Cardinals needed a young quarterback to try and groom for the future. I don’t know if they would have considered anyone else but him, at least in the draft.
It took trading CB Bryant McFadden to move up to get him, but McFadden struggled last season and I am thinking the Cards are fine with this swap.
“In the back of my mind,” Skelton said, “I wanted to be a Cardinal.”
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