Josh Rosen, supplanted by Kyler Murray as the Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback of the future after only one season, was traded Friday to the Miami Dolphins in a deal that also involved two draft picks.
The Cardinals used the No. 1 overall pick Thursday to draft Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma. For Rosen they acquired from Miami a second-round choice this year — No. 62 overall — and a fifth-round pick in 2020.
Arizona used the 10th overall pick on Rosen last year, and the former UCLA star had a rocky rookie season. He finished 33rd in the 32-team NFL in passing rating, throwing for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, and the Cardinals finished last in points and yards while going 3-13.
In Miami, he'll compete for playing time with well-traveled veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed in March after the Dolphins traded Ryan Tannehill to Tennessee.
Reloading at wide receiver following Antonio Brown's high-profile departure to Oakland, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Toledo's Diontae Johnson with their first of two picks in the third round.
The 5-foot-10 Johnson caught 43 passes for 663 yards and seven touchdowns for the Rockets and also returned a punt and a kickoff for a score as a junior last fall.
Playing it safe
Burned by bad QB decisions since Peyton Manning’s retirement three years ago, most notably first-round bust Paxton Lynch, Broncos general manager John Elway didn't consider a quarterback in the first round of the draft.
But he moved up to the 10th pick of the second round to select Missouri QB Drew Lock. Elway said Lock will be an understudy to recent acquisition Joe Flacco.
Help for Foles
Jacksonville got some much-needed help for new quarterback Nick Foles. The Jaguars moved up three spots to choose Florida right tackle Jawaan Taylor in the second round and then selected San Jose State tight end Josh Oliver in the third.
Both should be step-in starters for an offense that ranked last in the NFL in touchdowns (22) in 2018.
Hoping to bolster an offense that was 18th in scoring last season, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Penn State running back Miles Sanders with the No. 53 overall pick and Stanford wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside at No. 57 in the second round.
Sanders had 1,274 yards rushing, an average of 5.8 yards per carry and nine touchdowns as a junior last year after replacing Saquon Barkley.
The 6-2, 225-pound Arcega-Whiteside had 63 catches for 1,059 yards and 14 TDs as a senior.
Breaking it down
Of the 32 second-round picks, 11 were defensive backs charged with holding down pass catchers, of which seven were chosen. Add to that another seven offensive linemen.