5 Cardinals first-round picks who did not live to expectations

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Josh Rosen – QB

Josh Rosen made a bold claim following his selection as the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. And while none of the quarterbacks from 2018 have made the top-five at the position, Rosen’s career went to the wayside faster than names like Jimmy Clausen (2010 Carolina Panthers) and Jim Druckenmiller (1997 San Francisco 49ers).

Not that Rosen was as horrible as many claim. Numbers-wise, he did win more games than the 2021 first overall pick, Trevor Lawrence, and held a better touchdown-to-interception ratio. He was also put in a bad situation, having taken 45 sacks in just 14 games played. Rosen also won all three games in what was a forgettable 3-13 campaign for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals went in an entirely different direction in 2019 and drafted incumbent quarterback Kyler Murray. Rosen has since become a journeyman quarterback whose latest stop was with the Atlanta Falcons. While Rosen’s career is still young, he faces an uphill battle to ever become a viable NFL player.