Updated March 3, 2017
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.
Earlier in the offseason, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim stated the team had to find the quarterback to follow veteran Carson Palmer. Palmer considered retirement before committing to another season in the desert, but he turns 38 during the 2017 season and has an extensive injury history. Obviously, Keim understands that the Cardinals need to find their quarterback of the future. Sources tell WalterFootball.com that the Cardinals are planning on doing an intensive quarterback evaluation in the lead up to the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Cardinals plan is to narrow down their list to the top five quarterbacks and spend a lot of time with each of them. They plan on holding private workouts with all five of the signal-callers with ownership possibly attending. Their top five quarterbacks aren't set as of yet. However, sources say North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, Clemson's Deshaun Watson, and Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes are expected to be in the final five. The other spot could go to Cal's Davis Webb, Miami's Brad Kaaya, or another signal-caller. Here are our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings.
Arizona has other needs it will scout hard for early-round picks, but sources say the quarterback search is going to be very intensive and similar to the Eagles' process of digging on Carson Wentz last year. The Cardinals know that finding Palmer's successor is critical, and that is the focus of their 2017 NFL Draft.