Arizona Cardinals Would Be Making Titanic Mistake by Drafting Mike Glennon

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystMarch 19, 2013

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 17:  Mike Glennon #8 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack reacts to a play against the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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In 2012, the Arizona Cardinals took the concept of poor quarterback play to dizzying depths on the way to a 5-11 record.

Now it appears that the team may be on the verge of devising a plan that could make it even worse.

Only one day after new Arizona head coach Bruce Arians told the NFL Network that free-agent signee Drew Stanton is a "very capable" NFL starter, there's yet another report that may shed light on the Cardinals plans under center in 2013.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Tuesday via Rotoworld that the Cardinals are believed to be targeting North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon.

"I really believe the guy they're hoping to get somewhere, whether its in the second round ... is Mike Glennon," said Mort. "Their new head coach, Bruce Arians, likes big guys with big arms who can get the ball downfield."

Simply put, drafting Mike Glennon would only set back the Cardinals' search for a quarterback that much farther.

Yes, the 6'7" Glennon is a big kid with a big arm, one that would seem well-suited for Arians' vertical offense.

However, all the arm strength in the world isn't much good if you aren't accurate, Glennon completed fewer than 60 percent of his passes as a senior at North Carolina State, and as Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports points out one of the reasons for that inaccuracy bodes particularly badly for him in the desert.

More a "see it and throw it" player than the kind of quarterback who will re-cock and adjust on the fly. That works pretty well for quarterbacks in offenses with a lot of shorter timing throws (Brandon Weeden was a prime example at Oklahoma State), but I think it explains a lot of Glennon's really questionable throws in NC State's deeper passing offense.

You know, the same sort of deeper passing offense that Arians favors.

Then there's the fact that, according to Farrar, Glennon "tends to be wildly inaccurate when throwing under pressure."

Guess which team gave up the most sacks in the NFL in 2012? The Arizona Cardinals.

That line may be better this year than last, but it may also be a while before anyone starts throwing around words like "good" in relation to it either.

Now, some folks will surely counter that the Cardinals could draft Glennon and sit him for a year, starting Stanton while quarterback guru Arians works his magic with Glennon.

However, Arians may be a magician, but he's not a miracle worker, and according to John Murphy of the Buffalo Bills' website that's what at least former NFL general manager thinks it will take where Glennon is concerned after watching him throw at February's NFL SCouting Combine.

North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon was tough to watch. Not only is he tall and somewhat ungainly, he’s got a long windup in his throwing motion that is tough to ignore. One former NFL GM mentioned this week that Glennon needs a lot of work, and does not belong in the top tier of QBs in this year’s mix.

It's understandable that the Cardinals want to improve at quarterback (and then some). However, a "maybe" project type that's going to take 2-3 years to develop just doesn't solve the problem. You'd be better off waiting a year, starting Stanton in 2013, and then looking to a deeper crop of quarterbacks in 2014.

Odds are the Cardinals are going to have a high pick anyway.

I'm not opposed to the Cardinals drafting a quarterback this year. Nor am I in any way opposed to the team not using their first-round pick to do it. Not given the offensive tackle talent at the top end of this year's draft class.

With that said, if Bruce Arians falls in love with Mike Glennon's arm at the expense of ignoring the lanky youngster's flaws, then odds are the Cardinals won't be any closer to having a franchise quarterback a year from now than they are today.