INDIANAPOLIS – Two weeks after New Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said quarterback Josh Rosen was "our man", general manager Steve Keim added a caveat to this statement.
Keim was asked Wednesday, during the NFL scouting campaign in Indianapolis, whether Rosen's first-round pick, Arizona in 2018, was the quarterback of the team.
"Yes, that's the case now, it's certain," says Keim.
The fact that Keim did not clearly approve Rosen fueled speculation that the Cardinals might consider exchanging Rosen and forming quarterback Kyler Murray of Oklahoma quarter with the first overall pick in the draft of April.
Keim backed Kingsbury 's comments from October while Kingsbury was still the Texas Tech coach for Murray' s selection where he had the highest choice.
"I think what Kliff said was to try to avoid billboards," Keim said. "I think if you are Texas Tech, I would have said the same thing about a quarterback of Oklahoma. Again, it is still too early in the process. We have not even done a full assessment at all posts, so really, again, it's too early to say. "
It is also too early for Keim to determine whether the Cardinals would feel comfortable exchanging. This will happen when he and his staff department establish the team selection committee with the top 120 candidates. Then Keim said that he would see where will end the threshold of the best prospects, which could influence the decision of the Cardinals to go back.
Keim does not think it will be difficult, if he wishes, to be part of the first choice, even if there is no definite franchise quarterback in this category. year.
"Yes, I think every year it's different, but for me, there are a number of players I have seen who really deserve the number one choice," Keim said. "I've seen enough guys for me to think that this choice has a lot of value."