Trading down, quarterbacks and the Raiders

If the Cardinals were to trade down from the No. 1 overall pick, would it be for some team to jump up for a quarterback? That makes the most sense, right? (As a quick aside, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray officially measured out at 5-foot-10 and 1/8, and 207 pounds -- slightly bigger than some estimates and about the same size as Russell Wilson when Wilson came out.)

One team that's easy to link to the Cards with a potential trade is the Raiders. They own multiple first-round picks, they stand fourth in the first round, and not only do the Raiders need an elite pass rusher, there are many who think they might want a different quarterback than incumbent Derek Carr.

As for the No. 1 overall pick, Raiders coach Jon Gruden called it "pretty attractive." That doesn't mean much, of course, especially without any context. Gruden was pretty adamant about Carr's position with his team -- "He's our franchise quarterback. Try to make that clear." -- and Raiders GM Mike Mayock also said it was going to be difficult to upgrade on Carr.

At the same time, Gruden acknowledged the Raiders met with both Dwayne Haskins and Murray Wednesday night as two of the 60 different player interviews teams are allowed here in Indianapolis. Mayock also said the Raiders will do their due diligence. In fact, it sounded a lot like what Steve Keim said about his QB situation.

Will the Cards have a chance to trade? It's possible. Maybe Gruden will want Nick Bosa badly, and something can happen between the teams (remember, it was the Raiders who were the trade partner to get to 10 last year and draft Josh Rosen). Anything, here in February, is possible. And whether it is the Raiders or someone else, a trade cannot be discounted.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden smiles looking at GM Steve Keim before a Cardinals home game in 2018

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