Don’t expect the Arizona Cardinals to keep a top five pick
By Sion Fawkes
The Arizona Cardinals currently have the fourth pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, and they can easily wind up picking second. But don’t expect them to keep it.
Ideally, the Arizona Cardinals would take someone like Will Anderson Jr. with a top five pick and move on. But if this team is able to snag the number two pick, or even remain at number four they probably won’t keep it.
Case in point, a quarterback-needy team will look to trade up, allowing the Cardinals to trade down and accumulate, you guessed it, more draft picks. Something this team needs when you look at the potential number of holes on the roster.
Though some fans disagree, the Cardinals have a quarterback in Kyler Murray. While Murray has yet to blossom into a true franchise quarterback, he is still better than over half the signal callers in this league at the moment. So once again, the Redbirds aren’t going to replace him.
Arizona Cardinals will likely trade out of a top five pick
Some teams will work the phones with Arizona. The Las Vegas Raiders, for example, could seek to leapfrog teams like the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts to select whichever quarterback the Houston Texans pass on.
The Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, and Washington Commanders are other teams who may seek to move up. You could even theoretically see the Colts moving up just to prevent another team from leapfrogging them.
Further, the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks (from Denver), likely won’t be in the hunt for a quarterback. This is, of course, assuming the Seahawks opt to keep Geno Smith. Therefore, you may see more than just the Cardinals potentially trading out of the top five.
With such a deep class on the defensive side of the ball too, the Cardinals can afford to move down and still grab a blue chip talent. Plus, trading down also means a few more Day 2 picks, and it will fill more roster holes by the end of the weekend.
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