Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network mentioned last week that the Arizona Cardinals could use their could use the No. 20 overall pick on a quarterback in attempt to get an heir apparent to Carson Palmer in place.
Peter King of MMQB.com mentioned this morning that the Cardinals are “sweet on” QBs Derek Carr (Fresno State) and A.J. McCarron (Alabama).
The Cardinals hold the No. 20 overall pick, which is actually a decent position to be in the draft if quarterbacks end up dropping like many expect them too. Cleveland is sitting at No. 26 overall and is one of the few days drafting in the latter portion of round one who could take a quarterback, so the Cardinals are in prime position take the best available passer before quarterback-needy teams are on the clock.
There is a general expectation that teams drafting in the top-ten who pass on a quarterback could trade back into round one for someone, but it would be costly to move ahead of the Cardinals at No. 20.
Carr appears to be a bit of a wildcard in that some believe he’s a better prospect than Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater while others see him as a second-round talent at this point.
LSU’s Zach Mettenberger has been linked to the Cardinals for months based on his size and ability to drive the ball down field, which would help him in Bruce Arians offensive system. However, King mentions that even though some have concerns about McCarron’s arm strength, he has been an accurate deep-ball thrower at times.
We have the Cardinals taking Mettenberger in the second-round of our most recent 2014 NFL Mock Draft.