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Updated Apr 15, 2011 - 9:14 am

NFL analyst doesn't think Cards will take a quarterback

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert warms up before throwing for NFL football scouts Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Columbia, Mo. Gabbert is a likely first-round pick and hopes to be the first quarterback chosen in the April 28 draft. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Who will be under center for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011? You can probably cross two of the rookie quarterbacks off your list.

According to ESPN NFL Analyst John Clayton, both Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton won't likely be available when the Cards make their selection at No. 5 in just a few weeks.

"Neither guy you can be 100-percent sold on," Clayton told Sports 620 KTAR's Doug and Wolf. "It's not like Sam Bradford last year. It's not like next year when Andrew Luck comes up. Both teams have signed off on his personality and I'd say 100-percent Cam Newton would go No. 3 to Buffalo if he slides down there because of Buddy Nix who knows the SEC and is their general manager. We know that Newton is going to go in the top three and we know Gabbert would go to Cincinnati at No. 4 if he would slide down there. He's not going to be available for Arizona."

Gabbert not being available might not be a bad thing for the Red Birds if you believe what Clayton thinks he will develop into.

"With Gabbert you probably get an upgraded version of a more accurate Mark Sanchez," he said. "You probably don't get an elite quarterback."

It makes you wonder if Gabbert would even be worth the risk if he is available with the number five pick or -- if you want to believe a random Internet rumor -- if the Cards were to trade up to No. 2.

The question then becomes, who does Clayton think they will draft. He said it will probably be Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller. He admits that the Bills are considering him with the No. 3 pick but that a linebacker won't do what Cam Newton could for the franchise.

Who will be the Arizona Cardinals quarterback in 2011 be? The draft probably won't give us the answer but it will answer the question of " who will put pressure on the opposing QB". That is if Clayton is right.


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