The Arizona Cardinals have many options with the fifth overall selection: they could choose the potential shutdown corner Patrick Peterson, the possible future sack-master Von Miller or address the QB depth chart hole with one of the signal callers that may fall to them.
Or they could take advantage of another team being enamored with one of these aforementioned prospects, trade down and accumulate more draft picks.
And when Cardinals General Manger Rod Graves joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Wednesday morning, he touched on that very subject.
“I think at this point that we’re prepared for anything,” Graves said. “Many times, teams will call us asking ‘are you willing to listen’ and we say ‘yes we are.'”
It’s a simple idea: if the Cardinals aren’t in love with any of the draftees available at their slot, put the pick up for sale and see what you can get for one of the teams that are rumored to be looking to move up like the Cowboys (#9), Washington (#10), Houston (#11) or Atlanta (#27).
But is the value of the number five pick in the draft to the Cardinals?
“We have some idea what that compensation needs to be based on [what players are available] at the time that we get ready to pick and based on the historical evidence of past drafts,” Graves said.