Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Arizona's fifth overall pick: 'No QB', says Fitzgerald

The Arizona Cardinals, still in search of a franchise quarterback, are reportedly not interested in taking a quarterback with its fifth overall draft pick this year.

This, of course, is according to All Pro wideout Larry Fitzgerald, who seems to have had quite a bit of influence on the franchise's front office.

Trying to impress Fitzgerald enough for him to want to stay in Arizona after his contract expires at the end of 2011, I would like to think that the Cardinals would do just about anything to keep Larry happy. And why wouldn't they? He's only one of the most dangerous targets coming off the line of scrimmage besides Houston's Andre Johnson.

Fitzgerald's words:

        "I would doubt that we would draft a quarterback that high. I would highly doubt it."

The way he words it hints that they may still draft a quarterback, just not in the very first round.

Personally, I think Fitzgerald is a more reliable source than anyone single person in Arizona's front office at this point. Why they have yet to make a move on Philadelphia's Kevin Kolb tells me that they are leaning towards improving other areas (besides quarterback) early in the draft.
About a month ago an unknown team offered Philadelphia a first-round pick for Kolb, but nothing materialized from that rumor. Fitzgerald expressed interest in Kolb, and said he would welcome Kolb with open arms if Arizona brought him in, but that has also yet to happen.

Despite this, I really think Arizona will take the advice of Fitzgerald if they plan on keeping him beyong 2011. If they are not able to find themselves a franchise quarterback before the season, someone in Arizona's front office needs to be fired. There's no reason why they should enter the season with an underachieving, hot-headed Derek Anderson under center.

For those unsure of Fitzgerald's abilities once he gets a hold of the football:

What's your take? Should they draft a quarterback high (or at all), or acquire their man via free agency or trade?

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