Cardinals secure future by trading up for Rosen
The Arizona Cardinals ensured Josh Rosen did not slide out of the top 10 by trading up to select the UCLA quarterback.
Arizona sent the 15th overall pick as well as a third-rounder and a fifth-rounder to the Oakland Raiders to select the most complete quarterback in the class with the 10th overall selection.
Rosen had seen Baker Mayfield go first overall to the Cleveland Browns, with two other quarterbacks then going before him as Sam Darnold went third overall to the New York Jets and Josh Allen seventh overall to the Buffalo Bills.
But he did not have to wait too long to hear his name called and now joins a Cardinals team looking to compete in a loaded NFC West in which all three of their division rivals have franchise quarterbacks in place.
The Cardinals did sign Sam Bradford in free agency, but his persistent knee injury issues make it far from certain he will be able to stay on the field for all 16 games.
If Bradford does go down they will have a quarterback coming off the best season of his collegiate career, throwing for 3,756 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2017.
Showing accuracy at every level of the passing game, Rosen has the highest floor of any quarterback in the class, the challenge now will be to outshine Russell Wilson, Jared Goff and Jimmy Garoppolo.