Cardinals trade up, nab UCLA QB Josh Rosen at No. 10

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals made their long-awaited move for a potential franchise quarterback, trading up five spots in the first round to select UCLA's Josh Rosen with the 10th pick overall on Thursday night.
    
To get the selection, the Cardinals sent their own first-round pick (No. 15) as well as one of their third-round selections (No. 79) and their fifth-round choice (No. 152) to Oakland.
    
It's the highest Arizona has drafted a quarterback since taking Matt Leinart at No. 10 in 2006.
    
Rosen, who had a standout career in college but was hampered by injuries, was the last of the so-called "big four" quarterbacks chosen. Baker Mayfield went No. 1 to Cleveland, Sam Darnold No. 3 to the New York Jets and Josh Allen No. 7 to Buffalo.
    
Rosen joins new head coach Steve Wilks and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. The team addressed the quarterback situation in the short-term in the offseason by signing Sam Bradford to a one-year deal with Mike Glennon as his backup.
    
But the Cardinals sorely need a long-term solution at that position and general manager Steve Keim went ahead with the trade, knowing that the next team, Miami at No. 11, could be interested in a quarterback.
    
Rosen comes from a wealthy family and has an extremely confident, sometimes brash personality that may have been a factor in him still being there at No. 10.
    
This is what his UCLA coach, Jim Mora said, in a well-publicized interview:
    
"He needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn't get bored. He's a millennial. He wants to know why. Millennials, once they know why, they're good. Josh has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire. He has so much ability, and he's a really good kid."
    
McCoy, who worked with the likes of Tim Tebow in Denver and Philip Rivers when McCoy was head coach in San Diego, has said he wants to design an offense that fits the abilities of his players.
 

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