Season Review: 2010 began with a lot of optimism for the Cardinals- They were coming off back-to-back division titles, a super bowl appearance, and finally had some national acclaim.  A solid free agent haul, and progress from Matt Leinart was enough to overcome doubt stemming from legend Kurt Warner’s retirement.  Alas, it was not to be- Leinart lost the job to Derek Anderson, who in turn lost it to undrafted free agent Max Hall, who lost it to John Skelton.  Yeah… it wasn’t pretty.  Early season wins over St Louis, Oakland and a massive upset over New Orleans caused some optimism, but that barely lasted through the bye week.  Two late season wins over also-stumbling Dallas and Denver did nothing to brighten their lost season.

Needs: For Arizona to have success in 2011 and beyond, it’s all about finding a quarterback who can start, and win, from day one.  This draft could work out in their favor, with Andrew Luck staying in school, there is no clear-cut must-take #1 QB, so they should have their pick of the litter at #5.

Seattle fans will not be happy about facing Locker twice a year

What They Should Do: This depends on one thing: if a stand out QB who they are in love with establishes himself above all the others.  Right now the QB is a logjam.  If, however, one distinguishes himself, they should trade up for him.  If not, they can stand pat and take who comes.  I believe Washington’s Jake Locker (with Luck out of the way) will re-establish himself at the premier QB in this draft, but that still might make him a top-5 pick, and not the #1 overall.  I expect him to end up a Cardinal, either by virtue of them trading up or standing pat and grabbing him.

What They Will Do: Draft Locker.  I will be very surprised if he’s not the first QB taken, and with the defensive needs and QB situation in the top 4, I think they stay put and Locker falls into their laps- much to the dismay of Seattle fans.

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