May 27, 2024

The Arizona Cardinals experienced a flurry of trade calls during the NFL Draft, but ultimately opted to keep their two first-round picks, Marvin Harrison Jr. and Darius Robinson.

General Manager Monti Ossenfort disclosed that they were active on the phones throughout the day, with teams expressing interest in potential trades. Despite the inquiries, the Cardinals remained firm with their selections.

Ossenfort emphasized that while they entertained trade offers, their priority was to select the best players available. Harrison, in particular, stood out as their top choice, impressing the team during his top-30 visit with his demeanor and preparation.

The decision to draft Harrison was further affirmed by quarterback Kyler Murray’s enthusiastic response to the pick. Meanwhile, as the draft progressed, the Cardinals stayed focused on their strategy, ultimately selecting Robinson with their second pick.

Cardinals felt best about sticking with picks despite phone calls

Robinson, described by head coach Jonathan Gannon as a formidable presence on the defensive line, expressed his excitement to join the Cardinals, citing their early interest in him during the pre-draft process.

Both players were praised for their character and dedication, aligning with the Cardinals’ efforts to establish a winning culture under a new regime.

Looking ahead, Ossenfort anticipates more trade activity as the Cardinals hold additional picks in the upcoming rounds. Harrison and Robinson are eager to begin their professional journeys with the team, set to kick off their careers on Friday.

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