Without question, the absolute steal of the 2018 NFL Draft, and one sure to have gotten the attention of the Los Angeles Rams, was the selection of UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. Rosen, sooner than a lot may think, will eventually segue into the starting job in Arizona, giving them a potential franchise type player at the most critical position in the league.
But he’s not the only player they might have struck gold with. As the Cardinals are also experiencing some age issues, they made two key picks that keep them within striking distance of the two clear cut leaders in San Francisco and in Los Angeles.
Besides Rosen, the Rams will have to contend with wide receiver Christian Kirk from Texas A&M. Kirk will be a player the Cardinals use to build around first Sam Bradford, but not before too long, Rosen.
He’s also a player who is the bridge to a new future as aging receiver Larry Fitzgerald is closer to end of his career than the beginning.
In Rosen and Kirk, the Cardinals have sent a message that they aren’t necessarily rebuilding as they are in Seattle, but merely retooling. Both picks get Arizona closer to the top than the bottom. Not likely this season, but looking at 2019 and certainly beyond.