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Kyle Orton has been one of the more productive quarterbacks in 2010. In his 13 games starting, he has completed 58.8% of his passes for 3.653 yards, 20 TDs and only nine INT. His passer rating is 87.5.
His season has been relatively successful, except for one thing, his stats haven't translated into wins.
For Orton, he now faces the difficult wait to discover who will take over in Denver, knowing that, almost certainly, it will result in his being relieved of starting duties, in favor of Tim Tebow, who was solid in his three games starting, or some other quarterback.
For those considering picking him up, his most impressive stats in 2010 are his TD-INT ratio and the number of yards per game average.
Of course, the observant amongst you will note that the rest of his stats are actually pretty average, and you would be right. You would also argue that it is not really fair to call Orton one of the most productive QBs in the league with such average stats.
However, it is important to factor in that Kyle Orton is also one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league. His offensive line has been none-existant in 2010.
To make things worse for Orton's stars, when he reached the red-zone, he was often pulled in favor of Tim Tebow, a dual threat quarterback.
When summing up Kyle Orton, it's also imortant to remember who he has been throwing to. In 2010 he managed to turn Brandon Lloyd—who's previous best season, 2005, saw him post 733 yards receiving—into one of the NFL's top Wide Receivers.
Lloyd has caught 77 passes for an NFL best 1,448 yards, and 11 TDs. His average yards per reception was 18.8 yards.
His other targets, Jabar Gaffney and Eddy Royal have been similarly average prior to 2010, and have improved under Orton.
And while all of these players have done more than their fair share, and have all worked hard in 2010, it's fair to say, none of these players would normally be considered amongst the top WRs in the game without Orton.
Just imagine what he could do with Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston and—should he fall to them—AJ Green.
Orton is a great fit for Arizona, and at just 28 is approaching what should be the prime of his career.
He has a decent arm, good touch, great decision making and is mobile enough to extend plays. He is supremely hard working, has a great attitude and is mentally tough.
He doesn't throw too many interceptions, a big plus in Arizona right now, and has good size and weight.
His Mechanics are as close to perfect as you are likely to find in a Quarterback, and with a little better pocket protection—which should be a priority for Arizona regardless of who is their quarterback—Orton could become an elite quarterback.
The consensus is that Ortons value is somewhere between a third and fourth round pick, which is good value for the Cardinals.
I believe that the Cardinals should, and will, pursue Orton hard this off-season, which is why I am making him my favourite pick to lead Arizona in 2011.
Impact at Cardinals: A+
Fit for Cardinals: A
Odds of signing for Cardinals: 3-to-1