As the NFL Draft looms near, many analysts expect Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray to be the No. 1 overall pick. The first pick belongs to the Arizona Cardinals, who used their top pick last year to select QB Josh Rosen. However, it appears as though the Cardinals may deal Rosen due to new coach Kliff Kingsbury’s infatuation with Murray as a potential franchise QB. Here are five likely landing spots if the Arizona Cardinals move on and trade QB Josh Rosen.
Is Arizona moving on from Josh Rosen?
When he was in charge at Texas Tech, new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury repeatedly praised Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, which fuels the speculation about Arizona potentially moving on from Josh Rosen. Rosen’s 55% completion rate, 11 TDs, and 14 interceptions in 2018 don’t help his case, but he also didn’t have many weapons around him, and his offensive line yielded 45 sacks.
Rosen hasn’t had a chance to prove himself, but if Arizona decides to move on with Kyler Murray, these are Rosen’s potential landing spots.
5. Denver Broncos
The Broncos traded Case Keenum after an underwhelming 2018 season and made a deal for former Ravens QB Joe Flacco. That said, they may still be on the hunt for a young QB to build the team around.
Rosen would be a relatively inexpensive addition to the Broncos, likely costing a mid-round pick. After a shaky season last year, Flacco isn’t a sure thing, and Josh Rosen would be a nice insurance policy. Denver considered selecting Rosen in last year’s draft
4. Miami Dolphins
With a new head coach in Brian Flores, the Dolphins look ready to move on from Ryan Tannehill. Quarterback is no doubt a high priority for Miami this offseason. With the 13th overall pick in the draft, they’re likely out of the running for top options such as Murray or Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins, so the Dolphins would have to settle for the next level of prospects.
Due to his age and potential, Josh Rosen should be at the top of their list of options. They could add him without giving up their first round pick, allowing them to add depth at another position.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Yes, the Jags agreed to sign free agent QB Nick Foles. While Foles has been unbelievable coming off the bench for Philadelphia over the past two seasons, this isn’t the first time he’s had a starting gig. Foles was not very good when named the starter for the Rams several seasons ago, and having to produce outside Philly in a new offensive system may prove difficult.
Going after Josh Rosen to compete with Foles would be a way to bolster a position that has long been a problem for the Jags. After failing to develop a solid QB over the past decade, having Rosen and Foles would give the team a few options going forward in case the other doesn’t work out.
2. New England Patriots
While it seems like Tom Brady will play forever, he won’t. At 41 years, Brady has stated he wants to play until he’s at least 45 — though it’s hard for New England to trust him to play that long at this age, no matter how amazing he’s been. That means Bill Belichick has four seasons (at most) to find Brady’s replacement.
Making a deal for Josh Rosen would be the best possible scenario for both the player and the team. Rosen wouldn’t be expected to start from day one as there isn’t a QB in the NFL more entrenched right now than Brady. The team could afford to develop Rosen in preseason and practice while Brady holds down the reins for the next couple seasons. It also wouldn’t hurt Rosen’s development that he’d get to learn from and play behind the greatest QB to ever play under center.
1. Washington Redskins
Despite acquiring Case Keenum from Denver, the Redskins would be wise to add a young quarterback. With Alex Smith’s comeback from last year’s leg injury very much in doubt, they may be willing to move a second or third round pick to bring in Josh Rosen. That would most likely give them Rosen as the starter with Keenum left to compete for the number two spot with reliable yet unspectacular backup Colt McCoy.