Kyler Murray to the Arizona Cardinals might not be such a done deal, after all.
Among the topics of discussion: the lack of unanimity currently with the selection.
King writes: “I don’t believe there is unanimity inside the Cardinals building today either to take Murray, trade down for a passel of picks to a Murray-loving team, or to sit at one and take an impact player for the defense like edge-rusher Nick Bosa. Then again, if GM Steve Keim and Kingsbury both want Murray, that’s going to be the pick.”
King also touched on Arizona’s options should they not take Murray at No. 1.
“If you’re the Cards, and you could have four first-round picks in the next two years, including the fourth overall pick this year, and you have a coach you believe could make Josh Rosen 20 percent better, it might make sense to try to ransom the pick,” he writes. “To take the Murray pick and deal it, and be in position to choose a defensive centerpiece like Josh Allen or Quinnen Williams and two more first-rounders … tempting.”
Recent NFL mock drafts haven’t reached a consensus on the Cardinals’ pick in the 2019 NFL draft, but they are still high on Kyler Murray landing in Arizona at No. 1 overall.
SB Nation: Cardinals select Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray with top pick
Dan Kadar writes: “What the Cardinals do with the first overall pick has become infinitely less interesting than what they do with 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen. Keeping Rosen wouldn’t be a bad idea because his contract is so affordable. But trading him could conceivably land the Cardinals another pick in the top 50. While that wouldn’t cover up the silliness of trading a top-10 pick from a season ago, it could help the Cardinals accelerate the build around Murray.”
CBS Sports: Cardinals go with Alabama DL Quinnen Williams at No. 1
Will Brinson writes: “There’s been conflicting buzz about what the Cardinals want to do at the top of the draft: I like the idea of Arizona standing pat with what they have and improving their defense. It gives them a better chance to win this year.”
The Big Lead: Cardinals take Kyler Murray first overall
Liam McKeone writes: “At this point, Murray to the Cardinals seems to be the only sure thing in this draft. The real question is about Josh Rosen and if the Cardinals can get some help for Murray at other points in the draft. Part of the reason Rosen had a disappointing first year was the complete lack of talent around him. Kingsbury will get his guy, though.”
Forbes: Cardinals draft Kyler Murray with No. 1 pick
Patricia Traina writes: “The Cardinals have tried to create a diversion regarding their true intentions for the very first pick in the draft, but it’s hard imagining general manager Steve Keim denying new head coach Kliff Kingsbury a quarterback who has experience running his system. The selection of Murray makes too much sense because he will most likely be able to get the Cardinals offense off and running with minimal growing pains.”
CBS Sports: Cardinals go with Kyler Murray with top pick
Chris Trapasso writes: “This fit makes too much sense not to happen, and it’s been the consensus thought since the combine.”
Bleacher Report: Cardinals select Kyler Murray with first pick
Gary Davenport writes: “It’s a bold move to select a quarterback in the top 10 of the NFL draft two years in a row. And selecting the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner would mean the Josh Rosen era’s end before it ever really began. But Murray’s athletic upside is undeniable, and given his seemingly tailor-made fit in Kingsbury’s offense, he could drastically accelerate the rebuild in the desert.”
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Chicago Sun Times: Cardinals go with Kyler Murray with No. 1 pick
Patrick Finley writes: “In the past year, Cardinals GM Steve Keim has fired head coach Steve Wilks after only one year; replaced him with Kliff Kingsbury, a college coach with a losing record; canned offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after seven games; drafted Josh Rosen, whose passer rating was worst among all first-round picks; and served two days in jail for extreme DUI. Taking Murray here would buy Keim another few years at the helm. It might also be the right decision.”
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