NFL mock draft: Arizona Cardinals to take Kyler Murray with No. 1 pick, trade Josh Rosen

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Kyler Murray and his NFL draft stock are hot topics surrounding the 2019 NFL draft.

The former Oklahoma quarterback, who won the Heisman Trophy, is being linked to the Arizona Cardinals in some recent NFL mock drafts.

The Heat Index keeps track of the NFL pundits that project Murray to land with the Cardinals with the No. 1 pick.

CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli: Cardinals to take Kyler Murray at No. 1, trade Josh Rosen for first-round pick (March 5)

He has Arizona acquiring Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 15 pick in the first round of the NFL draft after trading Josh Rosen to the Washington Redskins.

He writes: "There was a lot of talk over the weekend about what the Arizona Cardinals will do with the No. 1 pick. Will they hold on to Josh Rosen and fill another need, or could they trade Rosen and pair Kyler Murray with Kliff Kingsbury as they look to revamp the offense? Maybe they keep Rosen and draft Murray anyway, who knows? The only thing any of us should realize is that the Cardinals gain absolutely nothing by letting the world know their plans. If they let it slip they want Murray, it will depress Rosen's trade value. If they say they're committed to Rosen, they eliminate the possibility of a QB-needy team offering them a king's ransom for the top pick."

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Sporting News: Cardinals are locked on Kyler Murray at No. 1 (March 5)

Vinnie Iyer writes: "Murray squashed plenty of questions about his undersized frame by measuring better than expected (5-10, 207 pounds, 9 1/2-inch hands). His dynamic playmaking, backed by smarts and accuracy, has the Cardinals locked on Murray going to work in a Kliff Kingsbury passing offense suited to him, assuming they can move 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen."

Touchdown Wire: Kyler Murray is ideal fit in Arizona (March 5)

Doug Farrar writes: Rumors are flying thick and fast both ways about Arizona’s interest in selecting Murray first overall and trading Josh Rosen. We know that Kliff Kingsbury loves Murray, and that Murray would be an ideal fit for what Kingsbury wants to do. Most likely, this will come down to what kind of compensation the Cardinals could get for Rosen If it’s higher than a third-round pick, look for Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim to do some dealing.

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Bleacher Report: Everyone thinks Kyler Murray will go No. 1 (March 5)

Matt Miller writes: "After the NFL Scouting Combine, mock drafts shift from "what I think will happen" to "what I'm hearing will happen." Throughout the week in Indianapolis, I didn't run into one agent, scout, coach or general manager who thought anyone but Kyler Murray would be the top overall pick. ... What does this mean for Josh Rosen, who Arizona traded up to select last year? The Cardinals can trade him to the Giants or Redskins and recoup some picks while moving on with the quarterback Kingsbury prefers."

CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson: Kyler Murray won the NFL combine, will go to Cardinals at No. 1 (March 4)

He writes: "Murray won the combine simply by showing up and measuring over 5-foot-10 and weighing 207 pounds. He didn't take part in the drills with the rest of the passers but one of the biggest storylines coming out of Indianapolis is that Murray could end up being the first player taken -- even though the Cardinals drafted Josh Rosen 10th overall less than a year ago."

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Bleacher Report's Jake Rill: Cardinals go with Kyler Murray at No. 1 (March 3)

He writes: "NFL Network's Kimberly Jones reported Saturday that there is a "legitimate expectation around the league" that the Cardinals will select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick. Murray could become a star quarterback—and he helped alleviate some concerns about his size when he weighed in at 207 pounds at the combine—so Arizona may not want to pass on him. Plus, new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has praised the former Sooners star in the past. It would certainly be surprising to see the Cardinals move on from Rosen so quickly, but it appears that could happen."

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He writes: "The rumblings that the Cardinals will select Murray and trade Josh Rosen only got louder at the NFL Combine this week. Ultimately, if the Cardinals feel Murray has superstar potential, and Rosen does not, then it makes some sense to make this move. It would be unprecedented, though, to use two straight Top-10 picks on a quarterback. That's not exactly the sign of a franchise that knows what it's doing. Yet, Murray is a true winner. And, whatever his size, has the athleticism and arm talent to succeed in the NFL."'s Forrest N. Long: Cardinals make shocking move with No. 1 pick (March 3)

He writes: "In a shocking move the Cardinals trade QB Josh Rosen to the Dolphins for their first round pick allowing new head coach Kliff Kingsbury to get what he wants to be his franchise QB."

ESPN's Mel Kiper: Kyler Murray likely to move to No. 1 spot in mock draft (March 1)

On Friday, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper said that he will likely move Kyler Murray to No. 1 in his next NFL mock draft for 2019.

“I’m going to probably put him No. 1," Kiper said on ESPN. "I think the Arizona Cardinals have kind of a dilemma. Do they feel that Kyler Murray is a significant upgrade over Josh Rosen? Then you have to trade Josh Rosen, and do you have an interested party there in maybe the Washington Redskins or the Miami Dolphins. Somebody like that, you get that first-round pick from a team for Rosen."

Kiper broke down why the Cardinals would draft a QB just one year after selecting Josh Rosen.

"I think Kyler Murray fits Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. Josh Rosen, in my opinion, does not. I think if you’re in a division with Goff, Wilson and now Garoppolo off the injury, they feel that Kyler Murray – now that he’s in the range you need to be, close to Russell Wilson height-wise – I think he’s in line maybe to be the No. 1 pick overall now.”

For the Win's Nick Schwartz contributed to this story.

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He writes: "If the Cardinals are pushing their chips all the way in on new head coach Kliff Kingsbury -- and yes, they should -- they've got to let him make this pick. If Josh Rosen is the ideal guy for his offense, great. But even putting Kingsbury's glowing October comments about Murray aside, I think the Oklahoma quarterback is the perfect plug-and-play for the new coach's scheme."

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Lance Zierlein gives the Cardinals a 33 percent chance of landing Murray.

He writes: "Every media member, draftnik and fan is doing his or her best to interpret and read between the lines of any and all comments issued by GM Steve Keim and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Here are the facts: 1) Kingsbury gushed about Murray when the Heisman winner was still at Oklahoma, saying he would draft Murray with the No. 1 overall pick if he could. Well, now he can. 2) Murray is uniquely suited to escape from pressure, which helps, since the Cardinals allowed 52 sacks last season. 3) Kingsbury is set to install a shotgun-oriented offense, which is exactly what Murray needs in the NFL. 4) Keim needs to hit a home run with this draft, and I don't see a sure thing at No. 1 -- the top talent in this draft is not as rich as that of past years. Maybe the Cardinals are fully invested in Josh Rosen and will leak a Murray connection moving forward to help them potentially find a trade partner who will pay a high price to move up and pick the former Sooners QB. However, I think the fit is simply too clean not to make the Cardinals the clear favorite to land Murray."

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CBS Sports' Will Brinson: Cardinals could trade Josh Rosen and then to snag Kyler Murray with the top spot (Feb. 20)

He writes: "OH YEAH LET'S GO. Murray going first overall to the Cardinals, playing with Kliff Kingsbury in that Air Raid system, lighting up the scoreboard and inspiring tons of DEAL WITH IT memes every week from the Cards social media team."

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Kyler Murray (1) continues to be linked to the Arizona Cardinals in NFL mock drafts for the 2019 NFL draft.

The Big Lead's Henry McKenna: Kyler Murray's draft stock is going to go through the roof (Feb. 20)

He writes: "Kliff Kingsbury said his team would stick with their man: quarterback Josh Rosen. By all measurements, it would be extremely foolish to cut bait on a top 10 pick after just one season. But if Arizona got the right price for Rosen, Kingsbury and the Cardinals could absolutely go back on their word by bailing on Rosen and selecting Murray. Once the combine is over, Murray’s draft stock will be through the roof. There would be little argument to make Murray that pick if it weren’t for his height (probably about 5-foot-9). But with Murray attempting 90 percent of his passes from the pocket in college in 2018, a good — or at least confident — offensive mind (*cough* Kingsbury cough*) will think they can make Murray’s height work."

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Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski: Cardinals, Kyler Murray are a perfect fit (Feb. 18)

He writes: "Josh Rosen is the Arizona Cardinals' guy. Or is he? The Cardinals should be less worried about making statements and more concerned about building the team in Kliff Kingsbury's image. Everything starts at quarterback, of course. Rosen is a quality prospect and, in most cases, he would be the right guy to build a franchise around. He's not the right guy for Arizona based on its trajectory. Kingsbury knows Oklahoma's Kyler Murray is the right choice for the No. 1 overall pick. 'Here's the thing—we don't know what Kliff Kingsbury is going to want or how much control he'll have," an AFC personnel director told Bleacher Report's Matt Miller. "But he didn't draft Josh Rosen [last year], and he isn't tied to him. If he wants Kyler, he can get him.' Murray is listed at 5'10" and 195 pounds—the quarterback's agent, Erik Burkhardt, said on Comeback SZN that Murray weighs 205 pounds—so questions exist about whether or not he can handle the NFL's physicality, but his combination of arm talent, athleticism to work inside and outside the pocket and understanding of the Air Raid passing concepts Kingsbury wants to implement make him the ideal choice."

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Draft Wire's Luke Easterling: Cardinals will through draft into chaos with Kyler Murray pick (Feb. 12)

He writes: "Is it crazy to think that Murray made his firm commitment to football over baseball because he knows something we don’t? Maybe Kliff Kingsbury wants to hand-pick his franchise quarterback, one with a rare skill set who would fit perfectly with his offense? Taking Murray at No. 1 and putting Josh Rosen on the trade block would instantly throw this draft into chaos."


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