Whisenhunt: Peterson over QB was ‘easy decision’

The Arizona Cardinals were one of arguably 12 teams who entered last month’s draft in need of help at quarterback. But the Cardinals bucked the trend — four teams took QBs in the top 12 picks, and six went in the first two rounds — looking to fill the void elsewhere.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt called taking LSU CB Patrick Peterson over the quarterbacks available (namely Blaine Gabbert) at No. 6 “really an easy decision.”

“We didn’t want to panic and make a decision because we had a need at that position,” Whisenhunt told Rich Eisen. “We stayed true to our process preparing for the draft, knowing that we would have an opportunity to address (quarterback) if it wasn’t available in the draft. We’re very comfortable that there are a couple of guys out there that we think we’ll have an opportunity to get, and it will help make our football team better.”

Some of the logical options often connected to the Cardinals are trades for Carson Palmer, Kevin Kolb or Kyle Orton, as well as pending free agents Marc Bugler or Matt Hasselbeck. Most of our analysts see the Cardinals as one of two teams — the other being the Seahawks — as the true front-runners for Kolb.

Don’t miss this interactive look from Bucky Brooks at how Bulger, Kolb and Orton would fit for the Cardinals.

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