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Arizona Cardinals got great value in Josh Rosen trade

The Arizona Cardinals made the move up for Josh Rosen and had the best value of any first round move for a quarterback.

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When the time came for the Arizona Cardinals to make a decision with their first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, they decided to move up and make sure they got their guy in Josh Rosen with the 10th pick.

That cost them a third round pick (79) and a fifth (152) and of course the 15th overall pick.

The crazy thing is, using the newest “Trade Value Chart” the Cardinals overpaid for Rosen:

Cardinals get 10th pick = 369.09
Cardinals give #15, #79 and #152 = 383.8

That means the Cardinals overpaid by 14.71 points, or the equivalent of a fifth round pick, about pick #140.

That is quite the low cost to pay when you consider the bounty on the other end was their quarterback of the future in Josh Rosen.

Now, while the Cardinals “overpaid” and I use that term very loosely, they did overpay.

Yet, when you look at the rest of the trades in the first round, they didn’t overpay at all:

New York Jets get 3rd pick = 514.33
Jets give #6, #37 and #49 = 732.23

That is an over payment of 217.9 points, or the equivalent of a late first round pick, about pick 27.

Not only that, but the Jets have to give the Colts another second round pick in 2019.

Then, the Bills traded up to the seventh pick.

Bills get 7th pick = 425.5
Bills give #12, #53, #56 = 551.09

The Bills overpaid by 125.59 or the equivalent of a second round pick around #46.

Those were the moves to get quarterbacks.

Not only did the Cardinals get the best quarterback of the group, in my eyes, but they also got him for the lowest cost.

That’s quite the steal for Steve Keim on draft day.