When Steve Keim, general manager of the Arizona Cardinals talked to the media on Thursday, one week prior to the 2021 NFL Draft, he made comments that make the most sense. He said it is more likely for the Cardinals to trade down than trade up with only six picks in their back pocket at the moment.
If this is what the Cardinals still have come draft time, expect this to be the case. They will either stay put at 16 or trade down to get more picks.
Of course, it could all be a smoke screen. Don’t ever count out the possibility Keim is just trying to throw people off the tracks. Always expect the unexpected.
Keim may very have said this to throw others off the tracks but don’t count on it working if that was the intent. Teams are smart and have seen the Cardinals pull off some unexpected moves over the last few drafts.
The bottom line is, no one really knows what the Cardinals will end up doing. They themselves I’m sure have a plan as of today.
If some offer lands in their lap before next Thursday they can’t refuse, then all bets are thrown out the door. There have been a number of “experts” out there that believe the Cardinals would consider trading up.
Maybe, but the offer is going to have to blow the Cardinals away and one they’d be crazy to pass on. With just six picks in the draft, that leaves the Cardinals in a tough position of whether or not to take a chance and move up to get the guy they really want.
Trading up likely means giving up picks. They also have to be careful about not mortgaging too many future picks as well.
It sounds as if Keim is taking long looks at receivers and linebackers in this draft based on his comments Thursday. The only given right now is the draft starts next Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Arizona time.