Despite strong media speculation, Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill cautioned in March that Arizona wasn’t locked into drafting an heir apparent to Carson Palmer. Bidwill’s warning became reality when the Cardinals didn’t use any of their seven picks on a quarterback. This increases the chances that Stanton could become Arizona’s starter in 2018 if Palmer is done with the Cardinals after this season.

Deshaun Watson is already putting his new NFL salary to good use.

The former Clemson quarterback thanked his mom for her years of support by surprising her with a brand-new Jaguar just a couple of days after being selected with the No. 12 pick by the Texans in the NFL Draft on Thursday.

Watson showed off the new ride, which was a gift for her birthday, by posting photos on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. He even shared a video of her getting behind the wheel of the car for the first time.

The Texans made a trade with the Browns and moved up from 25th overall to take Watson earlier in the first round. The two-time Heisman finalist threw for 4,593 yards with 41 scores and 17 picks last year and led the Tigers to the national championship.

Friday brought two local feel-good stories for a pair of solid complementary power backs. Foreman went first at No. 89, making the transition from Austin to Houston and adding to the Texans’ impressive haul that includes QB Deshaun Watson.

Conner, cancer free and ready to keep running hard in the NFL, went from Pittsburgh to … Pittsburgh. They both will have chances to be key contributors on winning AFC teams.

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