Trading up to draft Josh Rosen (2018)
In 2018, the Cardinals had the 15th pick before trading up with the then-Oakland Raiders for the rights to select Josh Rosen at tenth overall. Rosen became remembered more for his “nine mistakes” remarks than he did as a potential franchise quarterback for the Cardinals.
In 13 starts, Rosen threw for just 2,278 yards and looked more like Blaine Gabbert with his 5.8 yards per pass attempt. With 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, Rosen failed to impress the Cardinals in just one season with the team. They ended up shipping him to Miami for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick.
Rosen has since bounced around the league, making stops with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, and most currently, the Atlanta Falcons. While this is one of the worst trades in Cardinals’ history, they minimized the damage by selecting a potential franchise quarterback in Kyler Murray in 2019.