Cardinals GM Steve Keim says speculation around No. 1 pick is ‘fun’ for the NFL
The Arizona Cardinals face one of the biggest decisions in franchise history on April 25th. Rather than enter the pre-draft process with a preconceived notion on who his team will select with the No. 1 overall pick, though, general manager Steve Keim says the Cardinals will do due diligence on the class of 2019’s top prospects before making a decision – despite chatter suggesting otherwise that he admits is ‘fun’ for the NFL.
“We have not been through the process, to meet with our scouts and our coaches. I haven’t met one college football player yet personally. That is a huge part of this process, to get to know the person, to understand what makes them tick, how passionate they are about the game, to see how they would fit in our culture.
“It’s way too early to consider who is going to be our No. 1 pick,” Keim continued. But [the talk] is fun for the league.”
Earlier this week, rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury made waves by throwing support behind 2018 top-10 pick Josh Rosen, who struggled as a rookie behind one of the NFL’s most porous offensive lines.
Conventional wisdom said Arizona would be open to selecting a quarterback with the first pick, especially considering Kingsbury’s known affinity for Oklahoma signal-caller Kyler Murray, a two-sport athlete drafted by the Oakland Athletics who recently made the decision to focus all of his attention on football.
In addition to Murray and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Buckeyes pass rusher Nick Bosa and Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams are considered the strongest contenders for the first overall pick.
The Cardinals, a league-worst 3-13 last season, could clearly use all the help they can get on either side of the football.