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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Arizona Cardinals lost their head coach and their starting quarterback to retirement and now this franchise has some important vacancies to fill. While there has been early indications that Pat Shurmur is the front-runner to land the coaching job, there’s still a lot of questions marks when it comes to the team’s next quarterback? Arizona could make a run at Kirk Cousins like the Jets, and Broncos are going to do this off-season. Another option would be trusting Drew Stanton as the full time starter since he has seen a fair amount of action over the last couple of years. The other option this team might pursue is drafting a quarterback in the draft and if that’s the case one person would mesh perfectly with this organization, Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma. The Cardinals are in the 15th draft spot and might have to move up in order to make this selection happen but it would give the fans in Arizona something to rally around. If Mayfield pans out he could end up being leaps and bound more talented than Carson Palmer which will re-energize this whole organization. It starts with the quarterback position in the National Football League and this kid out of Oklahoma looks like he will be the face of a franchise for years to come. Arizona needs to put their concentration on the former Sooner quarterback who recorded back to back seasons of at least a 70% completion percentage. We’re talking about bringing on board a player who had a 198.9 passer rating and that’s just too good to pass up if you’re the Birds. This team needs to put together a nice little trade package and make sure it’s one that doesn’t throw their whole future away. They should then trade up 10 picks in this upcoming draft and select Baker Mayfield. Don’t make it too complicated and they have to make sure they get a better deal than the Rams did for Jared Goff. The Cardinals 15th overall, 79th overall, and 159th overall picks should be enough to make that trade happen. Essentially that means the Cardinals would swap 1st rounders and then give up their 3rd / 5th round picks to get Mayfield. You have to be willing to pay that price in order to select such a dynamic player and that deal would still leave the Cardinals’ 2nd round pick to improve their roster (wide receiver?). Don’t think too much Steve Keim just pull the trigger.
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