Cardinals turn to Max Hall early, real early

You can put together an illustrious list of quarterbacks who have reached stardom in the NFL and were never drafted in the NFL.

Kurt Warner tops the list of recent players. Tony Romo was not drafted out of Eastern Illinois. Hall of Famer Warren Moon was undrafted. Jim Zorn, Jake Delhomme and Jeff Garcia were also undrafted.

But none of them started as soon as Max Hall will for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in Week 5. Bob Young of the Arizona Republic has done some exhaustive research and according to his findings, Hall will be the fastest undrafted rookie free agent to start in the NFL, at least since the strike in 1987 when replacement players were used and a handful of undrafted quarterbacks got shots.

The BYU product impressed the Cardinals during the offseason and in training camp and preseason. The Cardinals figured they might turn to him next season. That timetable was expedited when Derek Anderson struggled. Per Young, the earliest an undrafted player starter by his findings was 2002 when Chad Hutchinson, a former farmhand in the St. Louis Cardinals system, replaced Quincy Carter in Week 8 for the Dallas Cowboys.

Hutchinson was 2-7 as a starter that season. The Cardinals, who host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, have to be hoping for a better start. Hutchinson’s NFL career flamed out after the 2004 season.

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