Did the Arizona Cardinals Make a Mistake By Not Drafting a Quarterback?

By Dan Parzych
(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Despite the acquisition of Carson Palmer during the offseason, many expected the Arizona Cardinals to select a quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft this year, but the team decided to pass on all of the quarterbacks from this year’s class. Now, of course the main question on everyone’s mind–will the Cardinals regret their decision?

It’s no secret that Palmer will most likely be around for one or two seasons–which means they’re eventually going to need to figure out a replacement when it comes to building a franchise quarterback for the future. The team parted ways with Kevin Kolb this offseason after that experiment failed miserably and as much as they don’t want to admit it–the decision to bring him on board in the first place set them back as a franchise for at least a year or two.

In other words–the smart move would have been to select a quarterback in this year’s class for the post-Palmer era.

There may not have been any steller quarterbacks guaranteed to go in the first round like previous years, but there was a handful of quarterbacks with franchise potential they could have easily chosen in the later rounds. From Geno Smith to Matt Barkley, Arizona could have easily taken a risk on one of these quarterbacks at a low cost–but they chose not to.

Only time will tell when it comes to how well the quarterbacks from this year’s class turn out, but it’s safe to say the Cardinals may end up regret not selecting a quarterback from this year’s draft class.

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