Steve Wilks, Arizona HC – ESPN Cardinals coach Steve Wilks talks to Adam Schefter about what he like’s about Arizona’s roster, why the team moved up to draft Josh Rosen, the competition at the QB position, Larry Fitzgerald’s future and more.
The Cardinals are still going to have to let another four players go at some point to get to 90, although they have time – the undrafted rookies do not count against the roster until they sign their contracts prior to rookie minicamp next week.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals’ 2018 draft made its reputation on Day 1 with the selection of a player who could become their long-sought franchise quarterback for years to come.
If the Cardinals got no one besides Josh Rosen, fans would have called it a rousing success.
With its next three selections, Arizona added more young talent on offense, including the first of its three choices on Saturday, running back Chase Edmonds of Fordham in the fourth round.
Finally, in the sixth round, Arizona went defense, grabbing cornerback Chris Campbell of Penn State, the 182nd player selected overall. The Cardinals’ final pick came third to last in the seventh and final round when they selected offensive tackle Korey Cunningham of Cincinnati.
In all, five of Arizona’s six draftees play offense.
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Five years ago, the Arizona Cardinals entered the offseason without a starting quarterback. Suddenly, the Oakland Raiders made Carson Palmer available. The Cardinals, after signing Drew Stanton as a free agent, made a deal with Oakland to acquire him. The two teams swapped picks in the 2013 draft and the Cardinals gave up a seventh-round pick in 2014.
Palmer set all sorts of team records and the Cardinals went to the playoffs twice, once getting to the NFC Championship Game.
It is safe to say that the Cardinals won that deal. They got a franchise quarterback, albeit in the final years of his career, for virtually nothing.
The Raiders solved the Cardinals’ quarterback question for the future again. They traded out of the 10th pick in the draft, allowing the Cardinals to move up five spots and draft quarterback Josh Rosen. All the Cardinals had to give up in the swap of picks was their third- and fifth-round picks in this draft. They did not have to give up a second rounder or a future pick.
Some might say that is a fleecing, but it is clearly a win for the Cardinals. It will be even more of a win if Rosen does become a great quarterback.
The Raiders used the 15th pick to select Rosen’s teammate, tackle Kolton Miller. The third-round pick they acquired from the Cardinals they parlayed into receiver Martavis Bryant in a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Things might work out for both teams in that trade, but if Rosen is as good as many believe he can be, then the Cardinals have the Raiders to thank once again for solving their quarterback issue.