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Mel Kiper Jr’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 has the Arizona Cardinals taking Kyler Murray

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With the 2019 NFL Draft only 30 days away things should start to fall into place for a number of the big mock drafts.

For the first time this season, Mel Kiper Jr. has changed the top of his 2019 NFL Mock Draft to a new pick.

Mock Draft 1.0 and Mock Draft 2.0 each had the Cardinals selecting Nick Bosa, now things have changed.

1. Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma | Highlights

The buzz around Murray going No. 1 has only heated up since the combine. And here’s why it makes sense: New coach Kliff Kingsbury can start his tenure in Arizona with his guy. The 5-foot-10, 207-pound Murray can run the offense Kingsbury wants to run, with no limitations. Josh Rosen is a much different quarterback than Murray, and Kingsbury was going to have to fit his Air Raid concepts to Rosen’s strengths. Now, we can question the logic behind taking a quarterback in the first round in back-to-back drafts. It’s a terrible look to ditch a top-10 pick after a year. Can general manager Steve Keim get a first-round pick for Rosen in a trade, even if it’s in 2020? That might help the Cardinals save face. There’s a lot to like about Heisman Trophy winner Murray, even if we should expect some struggles early behind Arizona’s offensive line.

We’ve discussed enough of Murray so I went back to the last several seasons of mock drafts from Kiper to see where he was in regards to the first pick and whether or not he changed it in his final mock draft.

Here is what we saw:

2018: Mock 3.0 - Josh Allen
Final Mock - Baker Mayfield

2017: Mock 3.0 - Myles Garrett
Final Mock - Myles Garrett

2016: Mock 3.0 - Laremy Tunsil (Pre-Rams trade)
Final Mock - Jared Goff

2015: Mock 3.0 - Jameis Winston
Final Mock - Jamies Winston

2014: Mock 3.0: Jadaveon Clowney
Final Mock: Jadaveon Clowney

2013: Mock 3.0: Luke Joeckel
Final Mock: Luke Joeckel

It is interesting to look back and see how accurate Kiper is through a number of seasons. Obviously 2016 is different as there was a big trade up by the Rams, but last year Kiper had some different thoughts or at least was hearing different things before he got to the right pick in Baker Mayfield at the last moment.

I think there will be some clarity on the entire situation by next week. If the Cardinals are moving on from Rosen and looking to take Murray, as almost everyone is predicting, it would have to be sooner rather than later you would think.

Of course, maybe the Cardinals don’t want anything known until closer to the draft and the ability to continue to play coy lets them have some fun.