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Cardinals get their quarterback, select Josh Rosen in 1st round of NFL Draft

Posted at 6:14 PM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 23:12:37-04

For the first time in a dozen years, the Arizona Cardinals selected a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft by taking UCLA QB Josh Rosen on Thursday night.

The Cardinals traded their No. 15 overall pick with the Oakland Raiders to move up to the No. 10 overall pick in the draft and grab Rosen. The Cardinals also traded a third- and fifth-round pick to the Raiders as part of the trade.

The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Rosen threw 59 touchdowns and 26 interceptions during his three seasons at UCLA. He was a Freshman All-American and the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in 2015, and a Second-Team All-Pac-12 selection last season when he threw 26 TDs and 10 interceptions.

Rosen is the first quarterback the Cardinals have selected in the first round since they took USC's Matt Leinart, also with the 10th overall pick, in 2006.

The 21-year-old Rosen is a native of Manhattan Beach, California and was the top-rated quarterback in the nation coming out of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California.

According to his draft profile, "Josh Rosen's footwork and mechanics make him as pretty a quarterback as you will find in this year's draft," but "the biggest concern with Rosen is that his on-field success requires many elements to stay on schedule."