With about one week left until the NFL Draft, general manager Steve Keim, president Michael Bidwell, and head coach Steve Wilks will have to ask themselves the million-dollar question: Do they take a quarterback in the first round of the draft or not?
For the Arizona Cardinals to get one of the top four guys in the draft, they will need to trade up from their number 15 spot, something that is not likely with Bidwell. He normally stands pat or trades down to acquire more draft picks. If the Cardinals were to draft a quarterback in the first round who should they go with? Here are a few names that can bring the quarterback of the future title to the desert:
The 6’5 233-pound quarterback out of Wyoming might just be the top quarterback on the Cardinals draft board. During his three collegiate seasons, he threw for 5,066 yards with 44 touchdowns and only 21 interceptions, including a quarterback rating of 137.7. He has ideal size for a NFL quarterback, excellent mobility, a very strong arm, and a quick release. As most quarterbacks, they have their weaknesses.
Allen’s accuracy issues, ball security, and decision making will need to improve. For the Cardinals to have a chance to draft him, they might need to trade up into the top 10 to get the gun-slinging quarterback.
The 6’3 205 pound quarterback out of Louisville and 2016 Heisman Trophy winner threw for 9,043 yards, 69 touchdowns, and 27 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 142.9 in his three seasons as a Cardinal. On the ground, he rushed for 4,132 yards with 50 rushing touchdowns. He is an incredible athlete with a strong arm, throws with good timing, and good field vision.
On the contrary, he has a thin frame and inaccuracy due to poor footwork. The Cardinals should have a good chance to land him at number 15. If they are able to land him, he could be a very solid quarterback of the future as he would torment the NFC West in the air and on the ground like Russell Wilson.
The 6’4 229-pound quarterback out of Oklahoma State University was a three-year starter for the Cowboys. He passed for 13,618 yards, 92 touchdowns to just 26 interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of 159.7. He also rushed for 228 yards with 17 rushing touchdowns to his credit. He has a good quarterback build, can push the ball vertically, and can stand tall in the pocket with good ball security.
Rudolph struggles with throwing in tight windows, accuracy, and he’s not very mobile despite the misleading rushing touchdowns total. Rudolph could be a good option for the Cardinals at 15 or even if they decide to trade down.
Drafting a young quarterback such as Allen, Jackson, or Rudolph would be something the Cardinals need to address in the first round of the draft if they plan on getting their quarterback of the future. Sam Bradford is a viable option, but they have to get ahead of the curve before they end up searching for a signal caller for the next several years.