Arizona will host Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams Thursday
Despite the swirling rumors around the Arizona Cardinals and quarterback Kyler Murray, the team is still bringing in Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams today, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The Cardinals previously dined with Bosa in Florida, and it’s unclear whether the team asked him to conduct a private workout. While most assume the Cardinals are looking to take Murray, just a year after investing the tenth pick in quarterback Josh Rosen, Arizona is doing their due diligence on the defensive prospects. Football Outsiders had the Cardinals ranked as the 17th best defense in the league last year.
Bosa, the younger brother of Joey Bosa of the Los Angles Chargers, has already met with the New York Giants and San Fransisco 49ers, who hold the sixth and second picks respectively, and plans to meet with the New York Jets who pick third, the Oakland Raiders who pick fourth, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers who pick fifth, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. In three years at Ohio State, Bosa played in 29 games. He tallied 77 total tackles and 17.5 sacks.
Williams has meetings with the 49ers and Raiders scheduled for this week according to Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. He was dominant Alabama nose guard last year, his first after moving in from defensive end. He had 71 tackles from the defensive interior, including 19.5 for a loss and eight sacks.
All teams are allowed to bring 30 players to their facility for a visit, but the visit can’t include a workout. Each team can also host unlimited incoming rookies on a designated local prospect day, with any player having a geographic connection to the team eligible to attend.
Whether the Cardinals are actually interested in Bosa and Williams can be debated. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech where Murray played for a season before transferring to Oklahoma.