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Was drafting Kyler Murray any more risky than hiring Kliff Kingsbury?

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The Arizona Cardinals took a risk with their selection of Kyler Murray with the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

It made everyone talk and as we head towards training camp it will continue to be the conversation on everyone’s lips.

Bleacher Report said as such in one of their latest listacles:

The most obvious is that Murray is an undersized (5’10”) and unconventional quarterback. This doesn’t mean he won’t be successful, but it does mean that Arizona will have to approach the quarterback position differently than it would with a more traditional passer.

The second piece of the risk equation is the fact that after drafting Murray, the Cardinals traded away 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen. Though Rosen was rocky as a rookie, he came into this offseason with a year of rapport with his teammates, and it’s always risky giving up on a talented player so soon.

While I understand the sentiment, I disagree.

The biggest risk of the offseason involves Kliff Kingsbury.

Without Kingsbury, there is no Kyler Murray.

Without Kingsbury, the Cardinals likely take the easy route and move forward with Josh Rosen, and another hire in the mold of Steve Wilks.

Whether or not it works out remains to be seen, but Kingsbury is the risk. The route the Cardinals chose to take is the risk.

Everything falls off of what they did in January when they hired Kliff Kingsbury.