ESPN’s Barnwell proposes 3 potential Josh Rosen NFL Draft trades
There are endless questions surrounding the Arizona Cardinals and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell operated under the assumption that a few of these have been answered to preview some potential draft-day trades involving quarterback Josh Rosen.
Some of those answers would be that Arizona does indeed select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and would look to trade Rosen during the draft after doing so.
In his first proposal, the simplest of the three, Barnwell has Rosen going to the Washington Redskins along with Arizona’s No. 33 selection in exchange for Washington’s first-round pick at 15th overall.
“Arizona moves up 18 spots, Washington gets a young quarterback. It’s a win-win,” Barnwell notes in the video.
Rosen winds up going to the Redskins in all three of Barnwell’s fake trades, lining up with the rumors that Washington would be a potential top suitor for Rosen.
Having his trades get more complex and crazy to match a wild NFL offseason, Barnwell sends Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, Redskins tight end Jordan Reed and Washington’s second-round pick to the New England Patriots. The Patriots add the draft pick spice, giving the Cardinals No. 32 overall at the end of the first round while the Redskins acquire Rosen and a fourth-round pick.
For his grand finale, Barnwell made it four teams.
To continue with his trend of filling the Patriots’ tight end hole in the post-Gronk era, he sends Reed and New York Giants tight end Evan Engram to New England, along with fourth-round picks from Arizona and the Giants. The Redskins once again get Rosen and the Giants’ second-round pick at No. 37. The Giants’ price for giving up Engram plus a second- and fourth-round pick is to get the Redskins’ first at No. 15 and New England’s sixth rounder. Finally, Arizona lands New England’s No. 32 and Washington’s sixth.
Essentially, the theme here is the Cardinals land a first-round pick for Rosen with certain other assets and picks involved in the deal to balance it off.
In the first deal, it’s using Rosen to move up 18 spots, while trade number two is Rosen along with Nkemdiche for No. 32. Lastly, Arizona gets No. 32 again and a sixth-round selection, but this time the price is Rosen and a fourth rounder.