The Arizona Cardinals believe they have the pieces in place to make a Super Bowl run in 2017, but for the team to experience success beyond this season, it will need to have a successful draft.
With the careers of quarterback Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald winding down, Arizona is on the lookout for potential offensive stars of the future this April, and the Cardinals are doing their due diligence with each of the draft class's top signal-callers.
So far this offseason, Arizona has already attended North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky's Pro Day, sent a contingent of heavy hitters to watch Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes work out, and scheduled a visit with Cal signal-caller Davis Webb.
This week, Arizona will reportedly turn its attention to Clemson's Deshaun Watson, who the team is expected to meet with in Arizona on Wednesday.
Watson is considered one of the top overall quarterbacks in the draft, and could very well be off the board by the time the Cardinals are on the clock with the 13th overall pick in the first round. Nevertheless, if Watson is still available, Arizona will likely consider tabbing the winning quarterback from this year's National Championship as the franchise's quarterback of the future.
Over a prolific career at Clemson, Watson threw 90 touchdowns compared to just 32 interceptions and was twice in the running for the Heisman Trophy. The Tigers' signal-caller amassed over 10,000 career passing yards and was also a dual-threat option for Clemson as he racked up nearly 2,000 rushing yards over three seasons.
Watson showed off his speed at the NFL Combine this offseason where he ran a 4.66-second 40-yard dash and was timed at 6.95 seconds in the 3-cone drill.
Watson is expected to meet with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday and the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, so the Cardinals aren't the only organization taking an extended look at one of the most successful quarterbacks in recent college football history.