NFL mock draft: Kyler Murray and other Arizona Cardinals draft scenarios
Almost every recent NFL mock draft leading up to the NFL meetings in Phoenix this week projected the Arizona Cardinals to take former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
That's suddenly not the case.
With the NFL draft less than a month away, the Heat Index takes a look at the latest projections for the No. 1 pick.
Yes, Murray is still a very trendy pick for the Cardinals at No. 1, but some projected trades and other names are now showing up for Arizona in the latest NFL draft predictions.
Check out what NFL pundits are saying about the Cardinals' top pick now:
Touchdown Wire: Cardinals need to trade back in first round
Matthew Stevens writes: "Either they have their quarterback of the future in Josh Rosen or they really do want Kyler Murray like has been rumored. Regardless, they could likely find Murray or another player they really want later in the first round while picking up a king’s ransom for the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL draft. With so many needs remaining on their roster, it makes more sense for them to try and pick up as many selections in the top 100 as possible."
CBS Sports: Cardinals trade No. 1 pick to Raiders, get No. 4, No. 27, OT Kolton Miller in return
R.J. White has Arizona landing Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama at No. 4 and N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State at No. 27.
He writes: "The Cardinals keep Josh Rosen rather than trading him at an immense discount, land some much-needed help for the offensive line and then pick up a guy in Williams who some think is the best player in this draft class, and THEN have another pick coming from this trade later in the first round? Consider this a big win for the Arizona front office after building up incredible buzz for Kyler Murray during the pre-draft process."
For the Win: Cardinals trade No. 1 pick to Raiders, select Alabama DT Quinnen Williams at No. 4
Steven Ruiz writes: "Another trade back is possible here, but the Cardinals end up staying put and they’re rewarded with the best player in the draft. Not a bad consolation prize after picking up some extra assets in the trade-down."
azcentral sports: Cardinals go with Kyler Murray with their selection
Bob McManaman writes: "Previously, the choice here was former Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa and while I still think he might ultimately be the Cardinals’ pick, you can’t ignore all the hype being generated about Murray. He would be a natural fit in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense, but it would be a gutsy move after drafting Josh Rosen 10th overall just a year ago. Don’t discount a possible trade out of the No. 1 slot by Arizona."
Draft Wire: Cardinals pick Nick Bosa with No. 1 pick in draft
Luke Easterling writes: "It’s entirely possible that the rumors of Kyler Murray going here are completely true, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Bosa is arguably the most complete player in this entire draft, and he’s well worth this pick if the Cardinals want to stick with Josh Rosen."
NFL.com: Cardinals take Kyler Murray with No. 1 pick
Peter Schrager writes: "I've been saying it since Kliff Kingsbury was hired as the head coach, and I'm not moving on it now: Kyler Murray will be the quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals. He handled the criticism of his NFL Scouting Combine interviews with grace and wowed at his pro day, and his skill set has exactly what it takes to excel in a Kingsbury offense. What happens to incumbent QB (and 10th overall pick in 2018) Josh Rosen? That's on general manager Steve Keim, and a question that is way above my pay grade."
SI.com: Cardinals select Kyler Murray with top pick
Kalyn Kahler writes: "At the owners’ meeting in Phoenix, Kliff Kingsbury fed into the hype even more by elaborating exactly what he likes about Murray as a player: “I mean, I guess it's more what don't you like? When you watch him play, I mean he can run it, he can throw it, he's a competitor. ... He's one of the better dual threat players to ever play.”
Bleacher Report: Cardinals go with Kyler Murray at No. 1
Matt Miller writes: "You were promised changes in the mock draft, but this won't be one of them. If anything, since our last mock draft was published, this pick has become even more likely. Everyone in the NFL was shouting it from the rooftops in Indianapolis: Murray is the Cardinals' guy. All that's left is for the team to officially put Josh Rosen on the trade block. Until NFL sources stop talking about Murray to the Cardinals, that's where he will end up in mock drafts. These are articles based on what analysts think will happen, not what we would do as individuals running the teams. If the Cardinals are going all-in on Kliff Kingsbury, they have to do so by letting him choose his own quarterback."
Sporting News: Cardinals end up with Kyler Murray
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."
USA TODAY Sports: Cardinals select Kyler Murray with the top pick
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."
ESPN: Cardinals take Kyler Murray No. 1 overall
Mel Kiper Jr. writes: "The buzz around Murray going No. 1 has only heated up since the combine. And here’s why it makes sense: New coach Kliff Kingsbury can start his tenure in Arizona with his guy. The 5-foot-10, 207-pound Murray can run the offense Kingsbury wants to run, with no limitations. Josh Rosen is a much different quarterback than Murray, and Kingsbury was going to have to fit his Air Raid concepts to Rosen’s strengths. Now, we can question the logic behind taking a quarterback in the first round in back-to-back drafts. It’s a terrible look to ditch a top-10 pick after a year. Can general manager Steve Keim get a first-round pick for Rosen in a trade, even if it’s in 2020? That might help the Cardinals save face. There’s a lot to like about Heisman Trophy winner Murray, even if we should expect some struggles early behind Arizona’s offensive line."
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