King: 'I'll Be Surprised' If Kyler Murray Isn't Taken No. 1 in 2019 NFL Draft

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2019

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks to pass, during the second half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Peter King of Pro Football Talk wrote in his column Monday that he would be "surprised" if the Arizona Cardinals didn't draft Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray with the top overall pick, adding that Murray is the choice of new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

King also wrote that he believes the Cardinals "will be inclined to make the best deal they can for the quarterback they picked last year 10th overall, Josh Rosen," adding that he believes teams like the Miami Dolphins, New York Giants or Washington should consider offering a third-rounder for his services if the Cardinals take Murray.

There have been hints that perhaps the Cardinals could pass on Murray, however.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic took Quinnen Williams with the Cardinals' top pick in a mock draft put together by Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, writing that "the Cardinals like Josh Rosen, and I don't see them taking a quarterback in the first round two years in a row."

And Pete Prisco of CBS Sports (h/t Jess Root of Cards Wire) reported that the Cardinals were out on Murray.

"Initially, the ownership pushed for Kyler Murray," he said. "They were having a hard time selling tickets. They put it out there, Arizona was lukewarm to it, so now all of a sudden they're pulling back and, from what I have been told, they're going to go in a different direction. They're not going to draft Kyler Murray."

But Albert Breer of SI.com, like King, believes Murray will end up with the Cardinals:

"There's been a lot of smoke over the last week about the Cardinals going away from Kyler Murray with the first pick. For right now, I still think they take him for two reasons. First, I do believe he's new coach Kliff Kingsbury's guy (and that's not coming from Kingsbury, but people who know him). And second, I think if they weren't going this way, the Josh Rosen situation would've been handled differently. It wouldn't stun me if this pick was Quinnen Williams. But I know a bunch of NFL people who'd be floored by that."

So it's safe to say there are conflicting reports and beliefs about what the Cardinals will do with the top overall pick, which is the perfect scenario for the Cardinals, who don't want to show their hand.

It's possible they love Murray and will draft him, and that much of the buzz has been true all along. It's just as possible they intend to stick with Rosen and stoked the Murray rumors to entice another team in love with him—perhaps the Oakland Raiders—to make a big trade offer to No. 1 to get him. 

What the Cardinals do at No. 1 will have major implications for the rest of the draft. It could dramatically shake up the quarterback board, for one, and if they pass on Murray could mean one of the top defensive players doesn't fall out of the top five. All eyes are on Arizona, in other words.


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