With the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals took Kyler Murray out of Oklahoma. Even as a rookie, it didn't take long for Murray to break out, proving that he could become one of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL in the near future.
In his first season with the Cardinals, Murray proceeded to throw for 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. At the same time, he would scamper for 544 rushing yards and another four touchdowns en route to winning the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
Given the addition of All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins, Murray should be even better next season. While it will be tough for anyone to break out the way Murray did a season ago, here are three players for the Cardinals that could make a name for themselves in the 2020 NFL season.
3. Zach Allen
On the defensive side of the ball, it's easy to say that Arizona's first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft — Isaiah Simmons — will thrive as a rookie. Even though Simmons could be a stud in 2020, Zach Allen could be a key contributor for the team as well.
Throughout the offseason, the Cardinals lost Rodney Gunter, Zach Kerr, and Cassius Marsh at the defensive end position. Provided that, Allen has a clear shot at becoming a starter for Arizona in 2020.
Allen, who the Cardinals took in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, played in just four games as a rookie due to injuries. In those four contests, he would record eight tackles and three quarterback hits. Those numbers could rise exponentially with an expanded role next season.
2. Andy Isabella
Upon taking Murray with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cardinals would get him another weapon in the second round. With one of the team's second-round picks, Arizona took Andy Isabella out of UMass.
Entering his rookie season, Isabella was expected to join the fray alongside Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald. Instead, Damiere Byrd ended up becoming the No. 3 wide receiver on the depth chart. Isabella would catch just nine passes for 189 yards and a touchdown in 2019.
Despite the trade that landed them Hopkins, Byrd is no longer with the Cardinals, opening a spot for Isabella. In their first season under Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona ran 10 personnel (one running back, four wide receivers) 31-percent of the time, making them the only team to run it more than eight-percent of the time. Given that, Isabella should have a chance to break out in 2020.
1. Byron Murphy
Besides Allen, the Cardinals will be hoping that another one of their defensive draft picks from the 2019 NFL Draft shows improvement next season. Byron Murphy, Arizona's No. 33 pick a year ago, was thrust into a starting role immediately in 2019.
This was due to the suspension of Patrick Peterson and the injury to Robert Alford. While he was inconsistent throughout the season, Murphy logged 16 starts, notching 78 tackles, 10 pass breakups, and an interception.
As he enters his sophomore season in the NFL, Murphy is expected to start alongside Peterson in 2020. If Murphy can produce similarly to how he did in college, the Cardinals could have a lethal cornerback duo next season.