Arizona Cardinals: Trading up would be mistake
The Arizona Cardinals could be interested in moving up in the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft
We’ve discussed the number of options available to the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft this upcoming Thursday night. However just how much would the Cardinals improve themselves by moving up?
Sure, they will get a a very good player no doubt. But at what cost will trading come? At this point the Cardinals need to be adding, not subtracting.
The Cardinals will still be able to come away happy with the number 8 pick on Thursday night. They come away happy if you especially consider what Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said this past week.
Keim said he sees 8-10 “blue chip” players in the first round of this draft. Well, that said, they should be able to get one of those guys when it’s their turn on the clock.
Yes, they pulled off one heist already when they traded running back David Johnson to the Houston Texans for receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Let’s not get greedy here though, although there is the possibility it pays off but there are no guarantees.
At this point, if we are to believe Keim, then there is no reason to give up picks this year or in the future to move up a few spots. It’s just not worth it.
Would we like to see Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah in a Cardinals uniform? Absolutely we would. However cornerback at this point can still be addressed in the draft and although we all were disappointed in Patrick Peterson last year, with Robert Alford and Byron Murphy Jr coming back as well in 2020, Okudah isn’t someone worth gambling a few picks away for.
It might come down to more than picks as well. The Cardinals are better off staying put or even moving down if they feel like they can still get a player they want later down the road.