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Cardinals get another big arm in John Skelton

For the first time since Ken Whisenhunt arrived in Arizona, the Cardinals have drafted a quarterback. 

John Skelton of Fordham, taken late in the fifth-round, is known for his big arm and impressive size. In that regard, his profile is not so different than his new teammate Derek Anderson. Both players have accuracy issues, but Skelton is more athletic. 

Look for Whisenhunt to develop Skelton this year, with an eye on him competing for a backup spot next year. 

He’s a bit of a project, but has a high ceiling.  Mike Mayock called him “Joe Flacco-lite.”

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15 Responses to “Cardinals get another big arm in John Skelton”
  1. FedorTheChamp says: Apr 24, 2010 1:45 PM

    Next Joe Flacco!! Definitely!!

  2. jebdamone says: Apr 24, 2010 1:53 PM

    i really liked this kid and was hoping the vikings drafted him in the fourth or fifth. i think he has tremendous upside for a team that is willing to develop him for a year or two.

  3. realitypolice says: Apr 24, 2010 1:57 PM

    Hey Cardinal fans-
    When Leinart is floundering this year, and you’ve Derek Anderson and a rookie from Fordham on your bench, remember that in exchange for relatively little you could have had Donovan McNabb and for vitually nothing you could have had Jason Campbell.
    Could be worse- you could be a Bronco fan where you have Kyle Orton backed up by a failed Golden Domer and a future H-Back that you traded up to get in the first round.
    What do these two franchises have in common? Their head coaches have final say on personnel decisions. Yet, there are still teams out there who think this is a good idea.

  4. Canyonero says: Apr 24, 2010 2:20 PM

    Guess that’s it for Brian St. Pierre

  5. SterilizeTHenry says: Apr 24, 2010 3:28 PM

    There is a reason he went late in day 3 of the draft. He sucks.

  6. Mangatang says: Apr 24, 2010 3:41 PM

    He sucks because he was drafted a bit late? Tom Brady was drafted in Round 6 back in 2000, 199th overall pick (meaning, 198 players were taken over him). Now, unless my memory has gone bad, he guided New England to 3 Super Bowls (cheating aside from Belichick) and several new NFL passing records.
    There’s always been great talent hidden away in the lower rounds of the draft. Heck, Kurt Warner never even got drafted! He got released from the Packers spring training camp before the season even started. We all know what happened after he signed with St. Louis, starting off as a third-stringer before going to starter and shocking the world for the rest of the season.

  7. SterilizeTHenry says: Apr 24, 2010 3:54 PM

    Oh, wow, you whipped out the Tom Brady and Kurt Warner argument. I’ve never heard that one before. I think we can all agree that he is not the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner.
    But if he is going to be the next Joe Flacco (as Fedor says) he would have went in the 1st round, not the 6th. Don’t get too excited Zona fans.

  8. realitypolice says: Apr 24, 2010 4:01 PM

    Mangatang says:
    April 24, 2010 3:41 PM
    He sucks because he was drafted a bit late? Tom Brady was drafted in Round 6 back in 2000, 199th overall pick (meaning, 198 players were taken over him).
    ================
    I love it when people point out the one or two people who were drafted late and won super bowls. In the last ten years, over 600 players were drafted in those rounds. You’ll need to come up with a lot more than Tom Brady and Kurt Warner to prove that late round picks don’t generally suck. If you could come up with 60 names, that would be around 10%, you might have something.
    Of course, that would mean 90% still sucked.

  9. Grandcanyon92 says: Apr 24, 2010 4:15 PM

    Well, I am so glad that only the first several rounds of the draft count. Then I think they should just stop the draft after the second day. There have been a number of players chosen in the later rounds who have proven to be very good NFL players. How do you know that any one player will not be another Tom Brady or Kurt Warner? If you were that smart, you would be running the draft for some team rather than sitting in your mother’s basement telling everyone else how stupid they are.

  10. SterilizeTHenry says: Apr 24, 2010 4:29 PM

    Agree with realitypolice.
    Brady and Warner are the exception, not the rule. Most (almost all) late round QBs are either career backups or out of the league within a few years.

  11. realitypolice says: Apr 24, 2010 5:27 PM

    Grandcanyon92 says:
    April 24, 2010 4:15 PM
    How do you know that any one player will not be another Tom Brady or Kurt Warner? If you were that smart, you would be running the draft for some team rather than sitting in your mother’s basement telling everyone else how stupid they are.
    =======================
    OHH!!! ZZZZINNGGG!!!! The mother’s basement line!!! How original. How brilliantly crafted!! My God, how could we have possibly hoped to compete with the spellbinding intellect of someone like you?????
    Listen, Einstein, instead of getting personal, how about you try and refute my argument with a fact or two? I say again: 640 players picked in rounds 6 and 7 over the last ten years. If you can list 64 players who even played 5 years in the league, you might have the beginning of a point. Of course, that would still be only 10%. That would still leave 576 who failed……….
    No one is saying they should end the draft early or that their aren’t players with potential there. The original point of myself and SterilizeThenry is that you can’t use the Brady argument as some type of proof Skelton will succeed. The odds are still well against him.

  12. Canyonero says: Apr 24, 2010 6:06 PM

    Reality check: A lot of the time, quarterbacks drafted in later rounds are intended to serve as backups or as “camp arms” during training camp.
    Skelton may become the next Tom Brady, or he may be a low-profile player for several years. Who knows. The point is, it’s not a “wasted pick” unless he utterly flames out (see: Russell, DeMarcus).
    And he “sucks”? Sure, he sucks enough to be drafted by an NFL team. What round did you go in?

  13. Grandcanyon92 says: Apr 24, 2010 9:27 PM

    All right, that basement comment was wrong but since you demand facts, why do you throw around percentages as if you have any facts to show for them? All I am saying is that there have been some quality players in the later rounds including quaterbacks. Let’s face it, it is the big name players that have everyone’s attention but that does not mean that Skelton wouldn’t turn out to be a quality quarterback. DeMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn just to name two were drafted high in the draft and have turned out to be busts so far. So let’s just wait and see.

  14. Carlos A. says: Apr 24, 2010 11:41 PM

    Reality police sounds like one of douche bag. That is all thank you

  15. drainthe;izard says: Apr 25, 2010 8:48 AM

    This just in:
    Reality Police has just been kicked out of his mother’s basement.

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