NEW YORK — The Cardinals, one of many top-10 teams believed to need a quarterback, passed on the opportunity to select Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert with the fifth overall pick in the draft.
That decision told NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock a lot about how Arizona is approaching its QB situation.
“The Cardinals think they can compete in the NFC West, and it tells me that by not getting a quarterback here, they can acquire a veteran quarterback,” Mayock said. “I think they’re telling me they’re going to get a veteran quarterback in order to compete this season.”
Without a free-agency period leading up to the draft, the Cardinals haven’t had that chance. They could make their move at the position with the sixth pick in the second round, No. 38 overall.
The Cardinals weren’t the only QB-needy team to pass on Gabbert. The Bengals (No. 4) and 49ers (No. 7) also went with other players.