When the Arizona Cardinals moved up to No. 10 overall in last week’s NFL Draft to select UCLA’s Josh Rosen it was seen as one of the better moves of Round 1. After all, Arizona yielded just a third and fifth-round pick to Oakland to move up from the 15th pick. The team now has its future franchise quarterback.
Not a bad deal, right?
Well, according to former NFL quarterback and current Bleacher Report personality Chris Simms, the Cardinals had been targeting Josh Allen over Rosen throughout the entire pre-draft process.
In fact, they had a deal with the Denver Broncos seemingly set for the fifth pick. That’s until Bradley Chubb fell to the Broncos, relinquishing any real possibility that GM John Elway and Co. would trade down.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 1, 2018
Once Denver made the pick, Indianapolis wasn’t about move down from six in favor of selecting guard Quenton Nelson. That set up a perfect scenario in which the Buffalo Bills exhausted two second-round picks in a move up to seven from the 12th spot for Allen.
There’s definitely a moral to this story. First off, Buffalo wasn’t the only team that valued Allen over Rosen. Secondly, Rosen’s status as the fourth quarterback off the board didn’t sit well with the former Bruins’ star. If this report is to be believed, he’ll have an even larger chip on his shoulder moving forward.