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Drafting a QB is risky — so what?

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~Thomas Edison

The hesitation with drafting quarterbacks is understandable. The last time Arizona took a QB in the first round the Cardinals selected Matt Leinart, and all they were ultimately left with was four years of failure with a side of crushed hopes and dreams. Before that? Tony Sacca, in 1992, and he followed the great Kelly Stouffer, who was chosen in 1987. Look at this history and it is apparent the Cardinals are to drafting quarterbacks what Derek Anderson is to completing passes.

Still, everyone and their mother knows the Arizona Cardinals need a new quarterback.

Nobody wants to sit through another season similar to the one led by the quartet of Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton and Richard Bartel, but the only way to guarantee an avoidance of a repeat would be to draft a quarterback at some point over the weekend.

Yet, many people, including Tyler Bassett, are hoping the Cardinals don’t go anywhere near one of the top QBs in this year’s draft.

I’m really not sure why that is.

If the Cardinals need a quarterback and the only way to get one is through the draft, why not go ahead and fill that need? It’s kind of an important position to fill and besides, are rookies really so bad?