The Cardinals still haven’t made a decision on who they will select with the No. 1 overall pick, even though the NFL Draft is only a little more than a week away.
“Number one, we are not done with this process. We have not made a decision with the first overall pick,” Keim said during a press conference Tuesday (via ABC 15). “I’m not going to get into hypotheticals today. We’re nine days away, guys. Anything can happen.
“I usually try to be straightforward with you guys, but at this time of year, we all know the drill. It’s fun, it’s good for talk shows and TV, but we have a job to do, as well.”
The belief by many is that the Cardinals will select Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray with the top pick and then trade Josh Rosen, selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft. Rosen struggled during his rookie season as he completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards. He threw for 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in 14 games.
According to Bleacher Report, the Cardinals already have received two offers for Rosen, but they want to “save face” and get as close to a first-round pick as possible.
Keim, however, wasn’t willing to reveal Arizona’s thought process, and insists his franchise hasn’t made a decision about its draft plan just yet.
First-year coach Kliff Kingsbury has remained positive about Rosen’s fit with Arizona, and he indicated Tuesday that Rosen has been “phenomenal,” despite the speculation about the quarterback’s future. Keim added that Rosen has been a “pro’s pro.”
“The one thing that I’ve appreciated about him the most since we drafted him, the kid has an unbelievable amount of mental toughness,” Keim said.
The Cardinals finished 2018 with a league-worst 3-13 record, missing the playoffs for a third straight season.
The 2019 NFL Draft begins with Round 1 next Thursday and runs through Saturday in Nashville.