There is no question that the 2019 season for the Arizona Cardinals will be defined by one player... Kyler Murray.
The Cardinals first overall pick, the first time in franchise history the team has picked first, took the Oklahoma quarterback.
It is not just the expectations of the first overall pick, you have to add in the fact that the Cardinals traded one Josh Rosen away as well.
He is undoubtedly under immense pressure, but he also is the key to the Cardinals success this season.
Pro Football Focus looked at all the players they would label the “X-Factors” for each NFL team and for the Cardinals, it is one Kyler Murray:
Kyler Murray enters a difficult situation in Arizona, but he has the talent to help remedy the situation. His quickness should help him overcome a bad offensive line, and he can make all the throws. Murray earned an overall grade of 94.6 at Oklahoma last season, leading all quarterbacks and also tying fellow Sooner Baker Mayfield (2017) for the best single-season overall grade for a quarterback in the PFF college era (since 2014). If Murray can make a similar impact as a rookie as Mayfield did last season, the Cardinals could be an interesting team to watch.
Murray has the talent and mentality to change the culture in Arizona, or get the culture back on track, but expecting a rookie to do so is quite the task.