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Although it hasn’t received much media coverage yet, it seems that the Arizona Cardinals are going to trade second-year QB Josh Rosen and use the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to select QB Kyler Murray of Oklahoma University. Murray did not participate in the NFL rookie combine, but he had already proven himself throughout his college football career. In 2018, Kyler Murray became the 84th winner of the infamous Heisman Memorial Trophy, declaring him the most valuable college football player in the country in his Junior year of college. Meanwhile, Rosen started 13 total games in his rookie NFL season, tallying 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and 2,278 passing yards with a 3-10 win-loss record. Rosen’s most talented passing target was an aging Larry Fitzgerald at WR, and with limited plays targeting Fitzgerald, Rosen has never been given a chance to show his strongest attributes on the NFL level of play.
A trade between the Arizona Cardinals and the New England Patriots sending Rosen to New England would set the young QB up for major success in his already bright future. He would have time to develop into a top-tier QB as Tom Brady’s seemingly never-ending career comes to a close. Rosen would be able to focus on improving his technique and skills from Brady that could help him succeed in the NFL and turn him into the Patriots next franchise QB. Feared by all 31 other teams and molded by Tom Brady himself to drive the Patriots dynasty forward. Kyler Murray would become the Cardinals QB of the future as well.
One thing that could prevent the Cardinals from shipping Rosen out of Arizona for Murray is their asking price for the young QB. They were offered a second-round pick by an anonymous team and rejected the offer. They expect a first round pick for Rosen, but luckily, the New England Patriots are loaded with early picks. Included are two second-rounders picks and three third-rounders. Instead of one high pick, perhaps the Cardinals will settle for a few lower picks from the Patriots. This is a compromise worth making, selecting two or three talented players rather than one superstar.
This is all worthless though, if New England doesn’t make a move before their competitors, who are also in pursuit of Rosen. There are only two teams who have made it known publicly that they have spoken to Arizona about a potential Rosen trade, including the Los Angeles Chargers and New York Giants. The Chargers have a veteran combination at the QB position, with Philip Rivers backed up by Tyrod Taylor. The Giants on the other hand, have Eli Manning at QB with an otherwise young offense including Saquon Barkley at RB and Sterling Shepard in the number one WR spot after the Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. Rosen would however, fit in well with this spread offense with an explosive RB in Barkley, last year’s second-overall draft pick. This is just another reason why the Patriots need to make a move soon.
It’s very smart for the Patriots to make this move, they’ll have a young QB for the future and won’t have to use their 32nd overall pick in the draft to choose a QB. Rather, they could try to find a replacement at TE for Rob Gronkowski, who recently retired after spending all nine years of his legendary career with the Patriots. So, if the Patriots fail to trade for Rosen, they’ll have various options to draft as a potential franchise QB. Will Grier of West Virginia University has gained interest from the Patriots because of his similar style of play when compared to Tom Brady. A couple other potential draft targets to keep an eye on for Patriots fans include Shea Patterson of Michigan University, Jake Browning of Washington University, and Jarrett Stidham of Auburn University. These players are all very talented but won’t match with the Patriots “win-now” mentality. Instead of using high picks to choose one of these inexperienced college players, New England needs to trade for Rosen and use their high picks to fill out their roster with solid talent straight out of college.
At UCLA, Rosen played a spread style of offense, with two or more wide receivers for a passing based offense. The Patriots have a revolving door of offensive players due to various reasons including injuries and waivers. If a Rosen trade was completed though, the Patriots could select a WR with the 32nd overall pick to back up Edelman as the number two receiver and appeal to Rosen’s spread-style offensive mindset.
If all of this were to occur, you had better believe that the New England Patriots would continue to be a threat annually from the AFC for the Super Bowl. The dynasty would become a revolution, moving on from Brady, a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, to a young Rosen whose eager to succeed and win.