Will the Cards be tempted by a QB?

Quarterback is not a position that immediately comes to mind when dissecting the needs of the Cardinals. However, with questions surrounding Matt Leinart's ability to run the offense and Father Time creeping up on Kurt Warner, Arizona might roll the dice on a special passer. So, just how big a risk are the Cardinals willing to take?

Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson has the tools to thrive in Ken Whisenhunt's offense. He is a big player (6'4", 220 pounds) with strong arm and even stronger presence. At worst, he would push Matt Leinart to elevate his game. At best, Woodson could steal the "franchise quarterback" tag that Leinart has failed to seize.

Kurt Warner, while posting good numbers in 2007, will be 37 before next season gets underway and could be in his final year in the NFL. If the Cardinals have any doubts about Leinart -- and it appears they do -- they may want to bring in another young arm now so he can spend a year under Warner's wings.

The primary holdup here is that Woodson, who threw for more than 3,700 yards and 40 touchdowns last season, is projected to go in the first round of the NFL draft.

In an ideal world, the Cardinals could draft Woodson at No. 16 and grant themselves a great deal of flexibility at the quarterback position.

"I'm a guy who competes very hard, who's a winner and just wants to do whatever it takes to be successful and always steps up to the challenge," Woodson said. "That's what a quarterback has to do to become a leader."

The world of Cardinals football is far from perfect, however, and the team has more pressing needs that merit first-round attention.

During the Senior Bowl, Woodson played sparingly and completed three of six passes for 27 yards. He rushed for an early touchdown but was also sacked twice, once for a safety that would later prove to be the difference in the game.

Woodson was well aware of what the Senior Bowl means for players in regards to their draft status.

"I think it's a great opportunity for all the guys here to showcase what they have in front of all the NFL scouts," said Woodson from Mobile, Ala. "I think this is what a lot of guys want to do when they're underrated, get a chance to go in front of these coaches and show them that they belong at the next level."

There is no doubt Woodson belongs on the next level. Whether he belongs in Arizona...that remains to be seen. One thing is for certain: he has no qualms about competing with Leinart for playing time in the desert.

"To be blessed with the opportunity to go to the next level, you have to be happy with that and not take it for granted," Woodson said.



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