ARIZONA CARDINALS

Cardinals could trade down or up in NFL Draft if opportunity arises

Apr 17, 2020, 6:54 AM

General view of action as quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams prepares to snap the f...

General view of action as quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams prepares to snap the football during the first half of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rans defeated Cardinals 34-7. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

As the Arizona Cardinals work out their decisions for the NFL Draft, they’re keeping an open mind about what moves they would consider making.

“To be able to pick up another pick, as long as it meets requirement on the trade chart and you feel like you’re getting better as an organization, I’m always up for making that trade,” Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told reporters over Zoom on Wednesday.

Right now, the team is slated to select No. 8 in the draft.

Multiple mock drafts see the Cardinals selecting an offensive tackle like Tristan Wirfs from Iowa or Jedrick Wills from Alabama.

“There are certainly opportunities that we’ll look at if they present themselves and trading back is one of them,” Keim said.

Trading down isn’t the only option that they’d consider.

“We’ve even had some conversations about trading up if the opportunity presented itself and a player we coveted was there at that spot,” Keim said. “Again, we’ll take everything into account and make the best decision for this organization on draft day.”

Earlier mock drafts pointed to the Cardinals going after a wide receiver like Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb.

Then, the Cardinals appeared to have filled that need when they traded running back David Johnson to the Houston Texans in exchange for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Keim, as a GM might do to keep his cards close to the vest, said that didn’t change Arizona’s approach to the draft.

All positions are up for upgrades.

“If there’s a player that we covet and it’s at the right spot and somebody that we’re high on, we’ll certainly take advantage of that,” Keim said. “I say this every year, your needs are always changing.

“Just because it looks like on the surface that we’re not as needy at wide receiver, that could change pretty quickly.”

Arizona Cardinals

Brandon Aiyuk...

Kevin Zimmerman

49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk fuels contract dispute talk with former ASU teammate Jayden Daniels

San Francisco 49ers receiver Brandon Aiyuk posted a conversation with former Arizona State teammate Jayden Daniels to TikTok Monday.

9 hours ago

Michael Wilson looks on...

Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Michael Wilson, Marvin Harrison Jr. building off one another

Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Wilson has been a valuable resource for fellow wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. and vice versa.

12 hours ago

Running back James Conner #6 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football during the NFL game at St...

Arizona Sports

PFF: Cardinals’ overall offense in 2023 among worst in NFL despite league-best rushing attack

Although the Cardinals' offense was among the worst in the NFL overall, its rushing attack graded out as the best, according to PFF.

2 days ago

Marvin Harrison Jr....

Arizona Sports

Cardinals rookies Marvin Harrison Jr., Darius Robinson throw out 1st pitch at D-backs game

The Arizona Cardinals' rookie class took to Chase Field to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Angels.

4 days ago

...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: Can the Arizona Cardinals’ elite rushing attack take a step up this season?

Can the Arizona Cardinals' elite rushing attack take a step up this season? Ron Wofley and Paul Calvisi debate.

4 days ago

Max Melton at Cardinals minicamp...

Tyler Drake

Max Melton, Elijah Jones ‘growing together’ alongside Arizona’s young CBs

The makeup of the Cardinals CBs room calls for added competition. It also brings a level of togetherness that's been on display early on.

4 days ago

Cardinals could trade down or up in NFL Draft if opportunity arises