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Updated May 3, 2011 - 7:30 am

Cardinals could give up first round pick for a quarterback

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams responds to questions after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall Friday, April 29, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

Cardinals general manager Rod Graves said Monday the team is not opposed to trading a 2012 high draft choice in order to bring a quarterback to Arizona.

Graves joined Sports 620 KTAR's Gambo and Ash show to address the Cardinals draft and what direction the team is moving in.

Eight players were selected by Arizona over the weekend, but there is still a huge void at quarterback.

Veteran Marc Bulger has been linked recently with a move to the desert, but Graves said there is a possibility of trading a first round pick for a passer, comments that would help fuel speculation about Eagles backup Kevin Kolb.

"I would say that we would certainly have to take a strong look at it, we're not opposed to doing that," the Cardinals general manager said of trading a pick.

"We'd have to take a strong look at it but we are open to a lot of different scenarios. It certainly may entail us having to give up a high round draft choice in order to make a trade successful if we are in that situation."

Graves also said the team made their draft choices based on value rather than need, including the surprising pick of Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams in the second round.

"[Notre Dame tight end] Kyle Rudolph was our number one tight end on our board as well," Graves said. "But we happened to have a higher grade on Ryan Williams because we felt like he was a more dynamic player and certainly has the potential to provide a wow factor."

The team selected Florida Atlantic tight end Rob Housler in the third round instead.

"Luckily for us we were able to address the tight end position with what I think will be an outstanding player as well," he said.

Graves said he is looking forward to the competitive attitude Williams will bring against incumbent starters Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower.

"We'll see how it shakes out," Graves said. "I don't think anyone is secure or has been promised a position.

"I think Ken [Whisenhunt's] approach is always guys let's go to work with the players that will make the biggest difference for our football team. One thing is for sure, with that stable of backs it's going to be great competition."


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