Cardinals say calls are coming in about trading down No. 4

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The top three teams in the 2024 NFL Draft – the Bears, Commanders and Patriots – are widely expected to take quarterbacks Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels and Drake Mays with the top three picks. Which makes the Cardinals’ No. 4 pick a major focal point.

Cardinals general manager Monty Ossenfort said that the Cardinals are already receiving calls about the possibility of trading out the fourth overall selection, although he does not actually expect to trade any time soon.

“I would say those phone calls are starting to increase a little bit. I would say they’ll probably continue next week when we go to Florida for the owners meeting,” Ossenfort said. “I think most teams are in a similar situation to us, starting to finalize their boards, and the Pro Day pieces are the final on-field pieces for evaluation purposes. So I think some of those conversations will continue to move forward, but honestly they probably won’t get serious until we get right to the week of the draft, like last year. “They have definitely made progress, but I expect that to continue over the next month.”

If Williams, Daniels and Maye go 1-2-3, a team that traded up to No. 4 would probably want to move Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy to the No. 4 spot. The Vikings, by trading up to acquire the Texans’ first-round pick, have already shown they are a team looking to move forward. Other teams are certainly calling the Cardinals, and Ossenfort said he’s interested in hearing offers from any team.

“We will always be listening,” Ossenfort said. “I think we’ll always be in conversation.

If the Cardinals remain at No. 4, Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. is the betting favorite for their pick. But Ossenfort said the draft often doesn’t go according to plan.

“We choose four. That means we don’t know what’s going to happen at one, two and three o’clock,” Ossenfort said.

And by the time the Cardinals are actually picking on draft night, they may not be selecting four at all.

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