Steve Wilks: Sam Bradford Is Cardinals Starter Despite Josh Rosen NFL Draft Pick

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2018

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26:  Josh Rosen of UCLA poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #10 overall by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals sent their third- and fifth-round picks this year to the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night to move from the No. 15 overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft to No. 10 overall, allowing them to select UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.

But the team maintained that Sam Bradford, at least for the time being, remains the starting quarterback.

"We got Sam to be our starting quarterback, and I would still say that is the case," head coach Steve Wilks said, per Kent Somers of AZCentral.com. "I'm very excited about Josh...what he can bring. Every position is open for competition."

Certainly, the Cardinals were happy with the trade that got them up to No. 10.

"To be able to go from 15 to 10 and give up what we did, we were extremely comfortable with it," general manager Steve Keim said. "Being able to preserve our second-round pick and not give up future (first-round) ones was extremely important to all of us."

Rosen, meanwhile, is motivated.

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"There were nine mistakes made ahead of me, and I'm going to make sure, over the next decade or so, that they know they made a mistake," Rosen said of falling to No. 10, per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. 

He added that he doesn't know why he fell down the board, but was pleased to land in Arizona.

"I'm happy it happened," he said. "I'm really happy it happened. I'm glad I'm at 10. I'm glad the Cardinals came up and got me. I really think it's a match made in heaven. I wouldn't [change anything]. You guys might call b.s. on me, but complete honest from the bottom of my heart, there's not another team I'd rather go to."

While the plan may be to groom Rosen for a season, it's possible he could emerge as the starter his rookie year. Injuries have been an issue for Bradford, who appeared in just two games last season. Mike Glennon has never been consistent in his NFL career. The plan is to roll with Bradford, but it wouldn't be shocking if Rosen saw the field next year.

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