Cards on the Brink of Identifying Third QB

The Cardinals are looking for a third-string QB who can learn under Kurt Warner and ascend to the backup role once Warner retires. Arizona coaches met with one intriguing candidate during the NFL Combine. Cardinalinsider.com reveals who this prospect is and analyzes how he fits with the Cards.

The Cardinals spent time in Indy meeting with quarterback Alex Brink (6'3", 215 pounds) of Washington State. Despite a stellar college career, Brink is project to be a late-round selection. That makes him more appealing to the Cardinals, as the team is unlikely to spend a high pick on a quarterback with Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner on the roster.

In 2007, Brink completed 278 of 463 passes (60 percent) for 3,818 yards, 21 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He earned the ARA Sportsmanship Award, given to the Division I player who exhibits notable sportsmanship on and off the field. Additionally, he led the PAC-10 in passing.

Brink is a smart and steady leader on and off the field. He has a quick setup and delivery, and is accurate with short- to medium-range passes. He knows how to move his feet and maneuver around the pocket while keeping his eyes downfield.

Once Brink establishes a rhythm, he is more accurate with his passes. However, he tends to force some throws into coverage. He has only average measurables and lacks prototypical arm strength.

If drafted by the Cardinals, Brink would have ample time to learn the offense. He would serve as the third-stringer in 2007, learning from savvy veteran Warner. When Warner's contract expires after the season, Brink would be primed to compete for the backup role in 2009.

Brink has the experience and high football IQ to succeed at the next level. If his meeting with the Cardinals in Indianapolis is any indication, Arizona could be on the brink of solidifying its quarterback depth chart.


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