Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says acquiring quarterback Carson Palmer doesn’t make the Cardinals any less likely to use their first-round draft pick on a quarterback. Because they were never going to use their first-round draft pick on a quarterback anyway.
Asked on FOX Sports Daybreak how the Cardinals’ draft plans have changed since acquiring Palmer, Arians answered, “They really haven’t.”
Arians said he simply doesn’t think there’s a quarterback in this draft who’s good enough for the Cardinals to take him with their first-round pick, No. 7 overall.
“We were going to take the best player available at that position, at No. 7, whether it be a tackle, pass rusher, corner, or quarterback,” Arians said. “Right now I don’t see a quarterback in this class coming up that would have been in that spot for us. Now, it might be for somebody else, but not for us. Especially with the elite offensive linemen that are out there this year, and defensive linemen.”
So while Arians may be interested in taking a look at USC quarterback Matt Barkley, he’s not interested in using the No. 7 overall pick on Barkley. Or any other passer.