The 2019 NFL Draft is just three days away, and nobody knows what the Arizona Cardinals are going to do with the first overall pick. For a long time now the conventional wisdom has been that they are going to take Kyler Murray.
If they do draft Murray, they’ll almost certainly end up trading Josh Rosen. But the Cardinals have never actually made it clear that they plan on selecting Murray, and it’s possible it was all a ploy. There’s been some speculation in recent weeks that this might all have been a smokescreen from Arizona to try and get a team to trade up with them.
We have more smoke there now, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Cardinals “have received feeler calls” from teams looking to move up. The fact that they would even take those calls would suggest their minds are far from made up about what to do with the pick.
#AZCardinals brass — GM Steve Keim, coach Kliff Kingsbury and owner Michael Bidwill — will have a final meeting over the next couple days to discuss their options at No. 1, sources say. The Cardinals have received feeler calls from teams inquiring about trading up, as well.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 22, 2019
Rapoport also notes that general manager Steve Keim, new coach Kliff Kingsbury, and owner Michael Bidwill still need to meet and discuss what to do with the pick. If the Cardinals pass on bringing Murray to the desert but hold onto the top pick, they’ll very likely go defense.
Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams both have the potential to go number one. As of right now, most observers seem to still be expecting the Cardinals to take Murray, but the certainty has been declining every day. Things are more open than ever, and it seems like there’s a real possibility the Cards were using their very public flirtations with Murray to increase their leverage in trade talks.