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Cardinals Trade Down In The Second Round

Deal with Falcons yields yet another third-round pick, then another trade down

Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort made a trade with the Falcons in the second round.
Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort made a trade with the Falcons in the second round.

Monti Ossenfort made his trade. It just didn't come until Day Two of the draft.

The Cardinals traded down from the 35th pick in the second round with the Atlanta Falcons down to No. 43, sending to Atlanta their sixth-rounder (186 overall) in exchange for a third-round pick, No. 79 overall.

The Cardinals now have five picks for Friday's portion of the draft, the second-rounder and four third-round picks: 66, 71, 79, and 90.

Ossenfort had mentioned in his post-first round press conference Thursday the Cardinals were going to have "options" at 35 knowing teams would want to come up for the third pick in the second round. He found a taker in Atlanta, significantly improving a choice with 107 spots forward.

"We had offers (at 35) to drop back a couple spots, we had offers to drop back a lot more than we did, and really it's a numbers game at that point," Ossenfort said. "There was a group of players we were comfortable picking at 35, and we count numbers, how far can we get back? If it's a situation where we like five players and we drop eight spots, chances are one of those guys is going to make it."

Ossenfort executed a second, less-drastic trade later in the evening, moving down from the No. 79 pick to No. 82 in a deal with the Colts, recouping a sixth-round pick (No. 191) in the process.