Execs Believe Cardinals Targeting Kyler Murray

It started off as mere speculation, but now executives around the league believe the Cardinals are looking to target Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano writes

That idea started with an old quote from new head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who said he would take Murray with the top pick when he was the coach at Texas Tech. Though Kingsbury has professed Josh Rosen as his guy, Cardinals GM Steve Keim made waves when he said Rosen was there quarterback “for now” earlier this week. Rosen later added fuel to the fire when he deleted all of his Instagram posts relating to the organization. Now Vacchiano says that many around the league see all the speculation coming to fruition.

“I really think he’s going No. 1,” one league source said. “He fits exactly what Kingsbury wants to do out there.”

Murray would seem to be a nice fit for Kingsbury’s high-flying offense. He possesses game-breaking mobility to go along with an accurate touch and an impressive deep ball. It is all just speculation at this point, but the possibility of Kingsbury getting Murray and flipping Rosen, the team’s top pick in 2018, for picks is becoming more of a reality the closer we inch to the draft.

Most current mock drafts tie the Cardinals to Ohio State star pass rusher Nick Bosa at No. 1, but Murray is being tabbed anywhere from No. 5-10. It wouldn’t be a shock to hear his name called with the top selection come draft day.


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  1. JJB0811

    Skins should trade for Rosen. Pony up their 2nd rounder. Then take their 1st and trade back, & build depth around a young QB. They won’t.

    • jay13

      I like the idea with Jay Gruden and Josh Rosen. However, you are right, not a Dan Snyder type of move.

      • ThePriceWasRight

        nor a trade where a team trades a top 10 in the draft qb 1 year later for a 2nd.

        • jyosuckas

          What did he do on the field to warrant being worthy of a 1st? Josh Allen did more with less

          • I give no fox

            How many top qb picks in the draft actually accomplish something in college? College is a completely different game and allows players of a different skill set be successful on the field. Pro style QBs rarely are successful in college. What did Big Ben accomplish in college? Tom Brady? Aaron Rodgers? Phillip rivers, Kirk cousins, Matt Stafford, Jared Goff, and Eli Manning? Sam darnold was an unquestionable top pick and he did squat on the field.

            • jyosuckas

              I was referring to Rosen and that he didn’t show enough to be worth trading a 1st for

        • JJB0811

          If Josh is so good, then why the talk of drafting another QB this year? The notion that Josh could be available depresses his value.

  2. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    I guess all of those “he made the biggest mistake of his life” takes from A’s fans haven’t aged well.

    FWIW, at one point there was a crazy rumor involving the Steelers sending AB to Arizona for Josh Rosen. Unless they are flipping Rosen or trading Ben, that makes no sense, but…there was some talk.

    • RootedInOakland

      maybe some of our dumber fans but I’m pretty sure most realized the mistake was on our front office for not realizing how good of a NFL QB prospect he was and believing Snake Boras

    • Booger91184

      I think send AB the for AZ 2nd Rd pick + Fitz. A feel Larry wouldn’t mind Pitt cause to to school there, and got chance of being in playoff with Pittsburgh. The Card’s 2nd round pick is close to a late 1st Rd. Pick

    • Kwflanne

      That would be amazing! I don’t see it happening though. I’d be all for it

  3. Saint

    As a Packers fan, the more QBs that go in the top 10 the better for us. So good on you Arizona. Go get your boy.

  4. bowserhound

    Cards have no offense for him to use, besides RB and an 65 yr old Fitz. Waste of a pick.

  5. TheTruth12

    Make it happen, Cards won’t regret it Murray is an instant upgrade over Rosen imo.

  6. TrollHunter

    Rosen to the Jags, Bengals, Raiders, Giants, Lions, or Bucs. All would make sense. All need a young QB, and the draft is weak. This could be a really good buy low on a decent QB talent.

    • bradthebluefish

      Agreed. And could work nicely for the Cardinals. Wins all around.

  7. goldenmisfit

    The Cardinals should draft Nick Bosa. If they take Murray now you have a team with on their roster two consecutive first round draft pick quarterbacks making their franchise look like a joke. Defense was a huge problem last year more specifically getting to the quarterback.

    • kenleyfornia2

      Exactly drafting a QB in the 1st two years in a row should be a huge red flag right there.

  8. Wildboyz

    I thought Rosen was going to the Giants last year, I think they’ll circle back and trade for him now, he reminds me of Eli and I think it would be a seamless transition. Not a fan of either, but I think he makes sense for them.

  9. of9376

    Rosen is a huge bust. Looks like a deer in headlights. Prob more suited for the XFL

  10. fungie22

    So he was a number one pick? Now he’s worth nothing to them? Good drafting Cardinals. They have a lot of holes to fill. Don’t trust new coach

  11. crosseyedlemon

    More brilliant draft strategy from the franchise that was convinced that Steve Pisarkiewicz and Tony Sacca would be HOF quarterbacks.

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