Ever since Kliff Kingsbury took the job as Arizona Cardinals head coach, speculation has run rampant about the franchise selecting Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick.
The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner is the most talked-about prospect going into the 2019 NFL draft, and his potential landing spot will be discussed at length over the next three weeks.
Although Murray's received the majority of the attention since he declared his intentions to play football instead of baseball, there are a handful of franchise-altering defensive prospects also expected to be chosen in the top five of the first round on April 25.
2019 NFL 1st-Round Mock Draft
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU
6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
8. Detroit Lions: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
9. Buffalo Bills: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
12. Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
13. Miami Dolphins: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
14. Atlanta Falcons: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
15. Washington Redskins: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
16. Carolina Panthers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland): Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
18. Minnesota Vikings: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
19. Tennessee Titans: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
21. Seattle Seahawks: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
22. Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
23. Houston Texans: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
26. Indianapolis Colts: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans): Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
31. Los Angeles Rams: Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
32. New England Patriots: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Predictions For Top Prospects
No one is sure what the Cardinals will do with the No. 1 pick when April 25 rolls around, but they are not exactly stifling the links between them and Murray, despite drafting Josh Rosen in the first round in 2018.
Kingsbury recently called Murray "one of the better dual-threat players to ever play," according to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter.
If you want to overreact to that statement, you'll make the assumption that Kingsbury is in love with Murray and taking him with the top pick is a no-brainer.
Although we don't know what is going on inside the Arizona facility, the decision to select Murray, or another player, at No. 1 has to come with immense pressure.
Giving up on Rosen after one year in which he wasn't the main issue is tough, but if Kingsbury believes Murray is the right quarterback for his system, he has to pull the trigger on the selection and send Rosen to another team in exchange for draft picks.
If that's the call Kingsbury wants to make, it would be wise for him to keep it a mystery until draft day so the Cardinals can get some value in exchange for Rosen.
But the Cardinals aren't the only franchise doing their due diligence on Murray, as the Oakland Raiders held a private workout for the quarterback Monday.
The Raiders also have a signal-caller on their roster in Derek Carr, but if head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock want to move on from Carr, this may be the time to do it.
If a trade up to No. 1 is necessary to select Murray, the Raiders have the assets to potentially satisfy the Cardinals.
Oakland's three first-round draft picks make any future trade discussions possible, as the Cardinals would presumably want a king's ransom in return for a selection that lands a Heisman Trophy winner and potential generational talent.
There's no suggestion yet that Oakland would consider a trade up to No. 1, but we've seen some wild trades happen to acquire quarterbacks through the draft in recent years.
For reference, the Rams traded a total of six draft picks to Tennessee to take Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, while Philadelphia shipped five picks to Cleveland to move up to No. 2 to take Carson Wentz in the same draft.
Prediction: Murray lands with Arizona at No. 1.
Before Murray stormed up draft boards, Nick Bosa was seen as the consensus No. 1 overall pick in most mock drafts.
The younger brother of Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa is a dynamic edge-rusher who should make an immediate impact on whichever defense he lands with.
Although the Cardinals are being connected with Murray, they are still doing their research on the top defensive prospects, like Bosa.
According to Schefter, the Cardinals brass met with Bosa last Friday, which is a sign the franchise isn't 100 percent convinced of its decision just yet.
Bosa is also headed to Arizona to meet with the team this Thursday and Friday, per Albert Breer of the The MMQB.
Although Kingsbury has an offensive background, the Cardinals need significant upgrades on the defensive side of the ball to improve in 2019.
That's why selecting Bosa with the No. 1 overall pick seems like the practical move since there's a franchise quarterback already in place in Arizona.
But if the Cardinals move on from Rosen and choose Murray at the top of the first round, the San Francisco 49ers would be the favorites to land the defensive end out of Ohio State.
If Bosa lands with the Niners, he'd be the fourth defensive end since 2015 to be selected by the franchise in the first round.
But if San Francisco sticks with the best player available method, Bosa has to be the pick if he's there.
If the Niners want to go unconventional, they could take defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, but Bosa could be too much of a future star to turn down.
With that being said, it seems unlikely right now that Bosa is selected any lower than the No. 2 pick.
Prediction: Bosa goes to San Francisco at No. 2.
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