Two reports over the last 24 hours regarding the Cards’ search for another quarterback caught the eye, for different reasons.
First came the ESPN report that the team asked Larry Fitzgerald’s opinion about the QB situation. It happened. Am I surprised? No. Even though Fitzgerald said himself he wasn’t comfortable in that position, it makes sense. The Cardinals, if you recall, got input from a handful of key players when they were undergoing the coaching search that eventually ended with Ken Whisenhunt being hired. This doesn’t seem any different. (And it’s not like Fitzgerald is going way out of the box by mentioning Kevin Kolb potentially and also Marc Bulger. I think the Cards were always going to investigate Kolb — assuming he can be traded for at some point — and Bulger has long been high on the potential list.)
I was a little more interested at the comment by Peter King this morning, writing “I think I would be very surprised if the Arizona Cardinals didn’t take a quarterback with the fifth pick.” I would never rule out the Cards taking a QB, not this early in the process. But to declare it probable? No way. Not with so much uncertainty around the QBs that will be available. Could they wow scouts by the time the draft rolls around? Sure. Maybe there will be a guy who is worth it. There’s no way you draft a QB just to draft a QB unless you feel good about him, however; as the Cards are finding out after the Leinart pick in 2006, taking a QB high means you are committing to that guy as your future — and if you miss, it puts you in a bad position.
Unless the Cards trade for Kolb, I expect them to draft a QB and sign a veteran.
Tags: Ken Whisenhunt, Kevin Kolb, Larry Fitzgerald, Marc Bulger
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