2018 Cardinals Draft Profile
Name: Kurt Benkert
Projected: Rounds 5-7
Kurt Benkert is a senior quarterback out of the University of Virginia. The quarterback began with East Carolina before injuring his knee in 2015. He then transferred to Virginia where he’s started the past two seasons. Benkert showed flashes of major talent while at Virginia but was inconsistent in college.
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With the Cardinals not sure what type of offense they will be running, it is difficult to know if Benkert is a proper fit for new head coach Steve Wilks. Benkert has the size (6’4” 215) that general manager Steve Keim typically looks for. He also comes from a pro style offense in Virginia which is something many teams covet.
Benkert can make all the throws. The young quarterback can easily throw the football downfield from the pocket or on the move. He shows good mechanics while in the pocket in addition to solid footwork. Benkert looks the part of an NFL quarterback but played with a lack of surrounding talent at Virginia.
In two season as a starter, Benkert struggled with his accuracy. His highest completion percentage was 58.5 percent in 2017. Benkert is an inconsistent passer who can make all the throws but needs to show he can do so in any situation. He does not have a canon for an arm so he will need to rely on anticipation to push the ball downfield in tight spots.