NFL mock draft: Why Arizona Cardinals should take Kyler Murray with No. 1 NFL draft pick

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The 2019 NFL draft is just five weeks away and recent projections for the April 25th first round are still high on the Arizona Cardinals taking Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick.


Check out what NFL pundits are saying about Murray's fit with the Cardinals in their latest NFL mock drafts, some of which includes chatter about Arizona possibly trading Josh Rosen.

CBS Sports: Cardinals trade Josh Rosen to Giants, draft Kyler Murray in 'win-win-win' situation

Will Brinson has New York giving up a second-round pick to Arizona for Rosen. 

He writes: "The Giants move Rosen out of Arizona, land themselves a successor to Eli Manning, don't pay too much for him, get the Cards enough value that they can feel good about this and open them up to take the apple of their eye, one Kyler Murray. It's a win-win-win-win all around."

He adds: "Trading Rosen certainly necessitates the Cardinals go with a quarterback, and you really feel like if they can get value for Rosen, they would really suck the drama out of the first overall pick by essentially admitting they're taking Murray first."

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Bucky Brooks writes: "Kliff Kingsbury gets his preferred QB1 to run his system in Arizona. Murray's dual-threat talents open up the playbook for the rookie head coach."

NBC Sports: Can't ignore Kyler Murray-to-Cardinals buzz

Ben Standig writes: "The 5-foot-10 Murray -- yes, that's now official -- certainly wasn't the biggest prospect in Indianapolis. The most-discussed player, no doubt. Buzz on the Heisman winner not only firmly pushed him into the top 10, but reports and sources stated Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is telling the world Murray is the pick here. Do not consider this a lock six weeks out. Arizona already has a young passer in Josh Rosen. There's also stud defensive prospects available, namely Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams. It's Cardinals GM Steve Keim and not Kingsbury likely making the final call. Still, we're not ignoring the talk either."

Sports Illustrated: Cardinals will make huge change with Kyler Murray pick

Conor Orr writes: "The league’s worst subterfuge campaign comes to an end. Angry Josh Rosen is free to Instagram himself with a new team and the Cardinals will start over in one of the most epic direction shifts in modern NFL history. Murray throws well, doesn’t seem to get rattled in tight spots (personally, I thought he was still making some heady directional throws late in that Alabama loss) and will almost certainly require a full-time spy on defense."

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Sporting News: Kyler Murray would give Cardinals dynamic weapon

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) at the Combine. 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. Don’t be fooled by Arizona's modest presence at Murray’s Pro Day. Team officials know him well at this point."

Bleacher Report: Kyler Murray would invigorate Cardinals fan base

Kristopher Knox writes: "The idea of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray going to the Arizona Cardinals is an intriguing one for many reasons, including the fact Arizona already has 2018 Top 10 pick Josh Rosen under center. Would the Cardinals really move Rosen in order to bring in the reigning Heisman winner? It's possible, especially if the franchise is truly all-in on head coach Kliff Kingsbury and a push for offensive innovation. Murray can invigorate the fanbase and add an explosive element to the offense that Rosen simply isn't capable of bringing. 'In terms of Murray, people are beginning to believe almost universally he will indeed be the No. 1 pick in this draft by the Arizona Cardinals,' NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported earlier this month. Adding Murray makes a ton of sense for Arizona, and if the Cardinals don't draft him, there's a good chance they trade out of the No. 1 spot so that someone else can. Extra picks would be very valuable for the ongoing rebuild in the desert."

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Detroit Free Press: Cardinals make big change with Kyler Murray selection

Dave Birkett writes: "A change up top as rumors continue to run rampant that the Cardinals will take Murray and deal last year's first-round pick, Josh Rosen."

Draft Wire: Don't be surprised if Kyler Murray is Cardinals' pick

Luke Easterling writes: "It seems crazy that the Cards would spend the No. 1 pick on a quarterback just one year after trading into the top 10 to pick one, but the draft is full of crazy every year. Don’t be surprised if this is what goes down, with the Cardinals sending Josh Rosen to the highest bidder."

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Nate Davis writes: "His pro day performance dropped safely into the fairway, he appears like the choice — based both on his prodigious talent and ability to snugly plug into new Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense. If GM Steve Keim could pry a nice return for incumbent QB Josh Rosen, this franchise's rebuild could suddenly be well ahead of schedule."

Rotoworld: It makes sense for Kyler Murray to be Cardinals' choice

Josh Norris writes: "I so wanted to have the Raiders move up to one and go all in on Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, Trent Brown and Kyler Murray. Every report certainly points to the Cardinals taking Murray, but we only have to travel back 365 days to know draft reports at this point in the calendar do not matter. Sam Darnold was written in sharpie as the first pick last March. If you’re going to fire a coach after one season to shift to an offensive-minded play-caller, it makes sense to go all in on the players he wants. Maybe that is the case here."

CBS Sports: Cardinals likely taking Kyler Murray, but waiting game ensues

Ryan Wilson writes: "As we get closer to the draft, the more likely it seems that the Cardinals will, in fact, take Murray first overall. The Heisman Trophy winner checked another box with a solid pro-day performance and now all that appears to be left is the waiting."

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SB Nation: Cardinals could trade No. 1 pick, but buzz continues for Kyler Murray

Dan Kadar writes: "The Cardinals have smartly added pieces on their offensive line in right tackle Marcus Gilbert and guard J.R. Sweezy. And they’ve cut out linebacker from their needs with Jordan Hicks, one of the steals of free agency, and veteran pass rusher Terrell Suggs. Really, Arizona’s needs fall more in line with what it could get from trading the No. 1 pick. That’s especially true if you don’t think the team should give up on quarterback Josh Rosen already. The Cardinals could drop back a number of spots and still land a quality defensive tackle or wide receiver and load up on picks. But the buzz around the first pick continues to be about Murray, who had the type of pro day you’d expect from a top quarterback prospect." Cardinals set to make change at quarterback with Kyler Murray pick

Art Stapleton writes: "Still no reason to move off Murray here; could Josh Rosen be dealt to Giants?"

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