With draft season among football executives and fans alike, we’re going to take a look back at the past five quarterbacks drafted by the Arizona Cardinals (excluding Josh Rosen).
In this article, Josh Rosen will not be discussed due to him only being in the league for one season, thus concentrating solely on the five men whom were chosen before Rosen. Although, Rosen does seem to be the future of the franchise as he should be able to take the reign with a new coach in place.
Now, onto the articles purpose, starting off with 2014 4th round (120th overall) selection in Logan Thomas out of Virginia Tech. Arizona drafted the Lynchburg, Virginia native in hopes to revitalize and rejuvenate the position with his “freak” athleticism and size. Standing at 6-foot-6-inches and weighing a Roethlisberger-like size at 250 pounds, the Cardinals seemed to have found their apparent heir. Thomas got to start in place of an injured Drew Stanton during a week 5 contest of the 2014 season against the Denver Broncos. His third pass attempt of the day turned into a whopping 81-yard touchdown completion to running back Andre Ellington. The future seemed oh so bright-and-shiny in the Valley of the Sun, but instead was released after struggling to maintain the starting gig. Thomas was released before the start of the 2015 NFL regular season spending a measly one season in Arizona. Currently, Thomas is on the Buffalo Bills as a tight end; making an educated guess due to his size and athletic flexibility.
Next up, the Cardinals took a promising young man in 2012 with their sixth overall selection (185th overall) in Ryan Lindley out of San Diego State. The Cardinals seemed destined to find their next “Brady-Sixth-Round-Material-Miracle” in Lindley after having a standout senior season at San Diego State. Instead, what Arizona received was inadequate production out of their sixth round selection, but what else should fans expect? Nonetheless, Lindley spent his first two seasons with the Cardinals before being signed by the San Diego Chargers and was put on their practice squad before ultimately landing a gig back with the Cardinals due to a season-ending injury to then starter Carson Palmer. All in all, Lindley is now the quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns…Good luck Baker Mayfield!
Moving onto the 2010 NFL Draft, the Cardinals yet again selected a late-round quarterback with their fifth round (155th overall) selection in John Skelton out of Fordham. As many of us may know, Skelton seemed to have some solid sport starts during his time in Arizona. Unfortunately for Skelton, he didn’t impress coaches nor fans with mediocre and sup-par quarterback play. This led to Skelton’s ousting after spending three seasons in Arizona and never held onto any other opportunities he got around the league, spending time in camp with the Bengals, 49ers and Titans, and even spent some time with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League before disappearing into oblivion.
Oh brother, how did this even end up being the bust of the century for Arizona? The next great one in line for success, the one in which was going to take over full time after Kurt Warner! Coming out of Southern California, the Cardinals selected standout Trojan Matt Leinart with the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Leinart seemed poised as the future poster boy and star-child that Arizona fans desperately needed in a morale boost for Cardinal football. Although, the fortune was too much to fathom as the dumpster fire continued and the craps table was overran by imbeciles. The risk was well worth the failure as Leinart continued the well-known, famed-weeping nightmare which all fans know as the USC Quarterback curse. Leinart saw limited action during his 4-year stint in Arizona and got a spot start later on with the Houston Texans and finished his career as an Oakland Raider.
Wow, get a load of this superstar! He’s so talented, Arizona took him in the seventh round! What a steal, don’t you say? Going back to the 2004 NFL Draft, the Cardinals took Michigan quarterback John Navarre with the 202nd overall pick. Navarre was so ready for the big game, getting one start in his 2-year tenure as a Cardinal throwing two touchdowns and five interceptions to conclude his career, leaving football after the 2005 season. Talk about a phenomenal career as a backup and professional athlete especially in all of places with the Cardinals, Whew! Good times!
Overall, the Cardinals have been stinking up the joint with their failed projects at the quarterback position. Maybe, just maybe…Josh Rosen is the Chosen One that can lead Arizona to its…”Glory” days? As fans as well as executives, we all hope for the best for each prospect to do their best and for all the hard work to eventually pay off in some capacity or another.