Is a mobile quarterback in the Cards future?

With the recent explosion of the wildcat formation, a multi-threat option could be the addition the Cardinals are looking for. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has experience utilizing similar players such as Hines Ward and Antwaan Randle El during his tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brad Wilbricht breaks down one intriguing prospect whose draft stock is steadily rising.

Matthew Stafford of Georgia and USC's Mark Sanchez are the consensus top two quarterbacks in this year's draft, but there's an athletic signal caller surging up the charts. West Virginia QB Pat White was arguably the most impressive quarterback during the Senior Bowl and Combine. Sanchez and Stafford may be more traditional passers, but White could be a safer pick due to his versatility.

With QB Kurt Warner likely headed back to the desert, the Cardinals don't have an immediate need at quarterback. However, White has the capacity be used in a variety of different ways. He could be a weapon at wide receiver, particularly if WR Anquan Boldin winds up elsewhere. In addition, White could become the heir apparent to Warner if backup QB Matt Leinart continues to struggle. Given the uncertainty surrounding Leinart, having White on the roster would provide Arizona with an added sense of security.

Questions about White's arm strength, passing ability and size left many experts urging him to make the full-time switch to wide receiver. White kept an open mind and never refused to make a change but he also never wavered from his goal of becoming an NFL quarterback. He made the decision to workout exclusively at quarterback during the Combine but will also run drills as a wide receiver at his upcoming Pro Day.

Pat White

During White's college career his running talents were well documented but he wasn't always depended on as a passer. West Virginia ran the spread offense and didn't incorporate an extensive passing attack until White's senior season. He ran for over 6,000 career yards and racked up 47 touchdowns on the ground for the Mountaineers. Somewhere along the line White was labeled as strictly a scrambling quarterback.

So far, White has proved his doubters wrong and it should come as no surprise. He gradually became a better passer each season in college, throwing for career highs in passing yards (1,844) and touchdowns (21) during his senior season. Over the course of his four years in Morgantown, White completed over 65 percent of his passes and tossed 56 touchdowns compared to only 23 interceptions.

White's terrific Combine performance may have boosted him into the second round, but it's possible he's still on the board in round three. White led the quarterback group in two drills, finishing with a 4.51 40-yard dash and a 35-inch vertical jump. If he's available early on day two of the draft, the Cardinals could take a chance on White due to his ability to play multiple positions.

Even if Leinart secures the starting position upon Warner's retirement, White has all the makings to contribute as a wide receiver. If Leinart fails to solidify himself under center at that point, White could be given an opportunity to lead the Arizona offense.

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