Ever since the hiring of Kliff Kingsbury as the Arizona Cardinals head coach, there has been rumors spreading around that they would take Kyler Murray with the no. 1 overall pick.
When Kingsbury was the head coach for Texas Tech, he said that he would take Murray if he owned the first pick in the draft. Fortunately for him, he owns that pick.
People have used his words and started to spread rumors that the Cardinals will, in fact, take Murray, a year after they traded up to draft Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick.
But do the Cardinals really plan to take Kyler Murray?
The idea that Murray is a better fit in Kingsbury’s system than Rosen is just crazy.
Kingsbury has interest in the Oklahoma product. There’s no question about that. But Rosen has a strong arm and has played in shotgun air raid formations throughout his college career. Plus, he has a year of NFL experience and is only 22 years old.
Unless someone is following Steve Keim and he’s telling the media that he will take Kyler Murray, he is not guaranteed to be a Cardinal.
The Cardinals have already expressed serious interest in Ohio State’s pass rusher Nick Bosa. They took him out to dinner and has had great interviews with every team that he’s met.
In my opinion, drafting a player that isn’t completely in love with football is a huge risk, especially with the no. 1 overall pick. In three to four years from now, what’s to stop Murray from quitting football and going to Major League Baseball?
Rosen has all the intangibles to succeed in Kingsbury’s offense. He’s not as athletically inclined as Murray but he can do everything that’s asked of him.
He has handled the draft and trade rumors really well. He’s been active off the field, helping the community. He reported to the Cardinals’ facilities in the first day of offseason workouts. That’s what a leader does and his Cardinals’ teammates have come out to support him.
To take Kyler Murray would set the Cardinals back, replacing their supposed franchise quarterback after only one season. This is the Cardinals chance to improve the talent around their roster with the belief that they already have their quarterback of the future.
For now, rumors are just rumors. We’ll find out in less than two weeks whether these Kyler Murray rumors will become a reality.