3 reasons the Cardinals should pick Kyler Murray No. 1 in the 2019 NFL Draft
Oklahoma quarterback prospect Kyler Murray is expected to be focusing on football moving forward. Murray is going to be coveted across the entire league. The Arizona Cardinals have the number one overall pick and very well could end up choosing him.
The Cardinals surprised many people this offseason by bringing in Kliff Kingsbury as their new head coach. Kingsbury had been the head coach of Texas Tech for over five years. He coached NFL phenom Patrick Mahomes and is respected across the entire league for his offensive genius.
He was fired just this past year as the head coach of Texas Tech. He coached there for six years, finishing with a 35-40 total record. They reached three bowl games in his time in Texas and won only one. USC had hired him on to be the quarterback’s coach in January, but he left that gig to go coach the Cardinals.
This team is rebuilding itself under the identity of an offensive-minded head coach. Kingsbury will usher in a new era for the team. A modern-offensive scheme will be a breath of fresh air.
Here are three reasons the Cardinals should draft Murray.
3. Kingsbury already approves
Kingsbury, even before he was brought in by the team to be the head coach, has been a Murray supporter.
“Kyler is a freak… I would take him with the first pick of the draft if I could.”
Murray is already one of his favorite quarterbacks, so why not match up the two. The coach respects his ability under center. It could be one of the reasons why he took the job is the possibility of being able to coach him at the pro level.
2. Josh Rosen needs insurance
The Cardinals took Rosen with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft. He split time with Sam Bradford and didn’t impress. He only started 13 games, throwing for 2,278 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. His completion percentage was a terrible 55.2 percent and his quarterback rating sat at a terrible 26.6. Overall, his rookie campaign was very disappointing.
The organization could very well have already given up on Rosen. If they believe Murray to be a potential superstar, to pass on him would be a huge mistake.
1. Murray has the chance to be a superstar
Football minds across the league really only have one gripe with Murray. His size. This caused many people to pass on both Drew Brees and Russell Wilson in the draft over the years. Their excellence has paved the way for Murray to even get consideration for a top draft pick. It would be fair to say that if he was above six feet tall, he would be the most sought after prospect in the draft.
ESPN’s Todd McShay even believes that Murray could be the next big thing.
“I think he’s the most explosive quarterback we’ve seen in the draft since Michael Vick.”
You don’t pass up on talent as good as Vick. Best player available becomes the mantra this Cardinals franchise should live and die by. Murray has every chance in the world to become an all-pro talent. That alone is worth taking him with the first overall pick.