Believe nothing you hear about the Arizona Cardinals and the first overall pick in the NFL draft

Kent Somers
The Republic |
Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen could be on the move. Or he could be the future. It's hard to know what's going on now that it's silly season in the NFL.

“Believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see.”

Ravens scout Edgar Allen Poe reportedly said that in an Indianapolis bar at about 2 a.m. on the third day of the recent NFL scouting combine.

Or maybe that quote came from Poe, the writer, in the short story “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether,” published in 1845. At least that’s what the Poe Museum in Richmond, Va., would have us believe.

Either way, it’s good advice for anyone choosing to follow the NFL draft, the Cardinals, or to breathe oxygen, for that matter.

As someone who has attended 20 or so combines, there are two unassailable facts about that week in Indianapolis: the wind will always be in your face, no matter what direction you walk; and boots come in handy, because there’s a good chance you’re going to be wading through snow and BS.

I didn’t attend this year, but from afar, nothing appears to have changed about combine week in Indianapolis. It snowed and the you-know-what flowed.

In one 24-hour period, there were two conflicting reports:

— Either Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury told “people” the team was going to draft former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick;

— Or the Cardinals privately told Josh Rosen he would be their quarterback in 2019.

Also during the combine, the NFL Network reported “people are beginning to believe almost universally” that the Cardinals would take Murray first overall.

It's very clear what the Cardinals are going to do if you zoom in on Kyler Murray's eyes.

There are more qualifiers packed in there than a ad for a new car, but it didn’t stop a game of telephone from starting. Quickly, the NFL Network report was picked up by numerous media outlets and seemed to grow more definitive with every reincarnation.

One example, this headline from “Kyler Murray expected to go No. 1 to Cardinals.”

Expected by people beginning to believe almost universally?

The Cardinals, as expected, aren’t publicizing their plan, if they even have developed one yet. This is wise because the draft is almost two months away.

It doesn’t benefit the Cardinals to declare their intentions now, and I doubt they even know what they are going to do.

They probably won't provide clarity to the situation until the draft starts at 6 p.m. on April 25.

At the combine last week, Kingsbury again was complimentary of Rosen, but added that he will defer to General Manager Steve Keim and team President Michael Bidwill on what to do with the first overall pick.

Keim, meanwhile, created headlines when he was asked if Rosen was the Cardinals quarterback.

“Yeah. He is right now, for sure,” Keim said.

For most of us, an “endorsement” like that from our boss would have us looking at resume templates and moving boxes.

Knowing Keim a little, my guess is he knew exactly what he was saying and the stir it would cause. There’s not much fun in being the worst team in the league and possessing the first overall pick, so he created it and was probably amused at the resulting storm of tweets.

There's not much the Cardinals can say that people will believe. 

The Cardinals talking up Rosen? They’re trying to increase his value for a possible trade.

The Cardinals rave about Murray? They’re trying to increase the value of the No. 1 pick.

The Cardinals say all options are on the table when it comes to the first overall pick? It’s not like they’re going to announce when they take an option off that table.

This much is certain: Someone will end up being right. The Cardinals will either draft Murray or they won’t. They will either keep Rosen or trade him.

Which half of that comes true is anybody’s guess right now.

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