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When Will John Skelton Start for the Arizona Cardinals?

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Quarterback John Skelton of Fordham passes the football during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIMay 30, 2010

John Skelton was picked up in the 5th round (155th overall) by the Arizona Cardinals

Skelton was probably one of the most interesting prospects in the 2010 draft. Some analysts called him "The next Joe Flacco".  

When you see Skelton throw the ball, it seems like he has a rocket launcher attached to his arm. But there are a lot of questions about his accuracy despite the fact that his completion percentage in his senior year was 64.4, which was higher than Peyton Manning's completion percentage when he was in college. 

I expect Skelton to start for the Cardinals probably about in his second or third year in the NFL. You have to think that the Cardinals have plans for him. They traded away Bryant Mcfadden to Pittsburgh so they can draft Skelton. 

Now, I know Mcfadden didn't play up to the Cardinals expectations. But I think if they didn't believe that they could develop Skelton into a starting QB, then there would of been no way the Cardinals would trade away Mcfadden.  

The Cardinals have both Matt Leinart, Derek Anderson, and Max Hall. But I don't believe that Leinart can succeed and there are questions about Derek Anderson and whether or not he can return to his pro bowl form.  

Skelton of course needs to show the Cardinals that he can be that guy, but that will be awfully hard since he will be getting very few snaps in Camp/Practice. 

Sketlon has been widely criticized for his footwork and if he wants to be an elite QB in the NFL he will have to work on his footwork. 

If Skelton gets the chance to be a starting QB in the NFL then there is no doubt in my mind he will take advantage of the opportunity.

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