Carson Palmer being traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Cardinals could shift draft strategy just a bit if you are Bruce Arians and Steve Keim. Although quarterback was likely out of the question anyway at No. 7 overall, taking one in Round 2 (No. 38) or Round 3 (No. 69) could have happened.
Now, though, they can afford to use those picks elsewhere without feeling obligated to grab one if one should fall. Other positions need attending to as well, and Palmer allows those positions to be addressed.
In the trade, the Cardinals received the Raiders’ seventh-round pick (No. 219, by way of the Carolina Panthers) in exchange for a sixth-rounder (No. 176, by way of the Tennessee Titans through the Minnesota Vikings) and a seventh-rounder next year—next year’s is contingent upon Palmer playing 13 or more games in 2013.
Here is your latest Cardinals mock draft, post-free agency edition.