Cardinals rumors: Former receiver Antonio Bryant says Arizona is picking Nick Bosa at No. 1, sticking with Josh Rosen
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Former receiver Antonio Bryant says Cardinals are picking Nick Bosa at No. 1, sticking with Josh Rosen

Steve Keim, Cardinals

Could the Arizona Cardinals pass up on Kyler Murray in the 2019 NFL Draft? Retired wide receiver Antonio Bryant thinks so.

Bryant tweeted the news on April 22. He cited team sources who told him Arizona will go with Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Nick Bosa at No. 1.

If the Cardinals snag Bosa, it will surprise many fans and experts. Many draft boards have Arizona selecting Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners.

If Bryant’s sources prove him right, the Cardinals are comfortable with the idea of second-year starter Josh Rosen playing under center for the foreseeable future. Moreover, selecting Bosa instead of Murray will produce a domino effect.

In that scenario, the San Francisco 49ers, who will select second overall, have a shot at the prized Oklahoma quarterback. Murray over Jimmy Garoppolo could represent an upgrade for the 49ers.

For his part, Rosen described the brewing quarterback situation in Arizona as “annoying,” per SITV (via ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss).

“I think the season probably went as poorly as it could possibly go. But within that, I had an unbelievable time.

I think when people talk about, like, you can’t listen to criticism or you can’t read articles, you have to be aware of what’s going on to a certain extent. So I definitely understand the situation.

It’s annoying, but it is what it is. Football’s a business, and I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions. We won three games, and each one of those wins — to me, it felt like we won the Super Bowl.

And that feeling is so intoxicating, and that’s why I just want nothing more than to be a part of a team next year and have the same opportunities to go out and compete.”

If the Cardinals pass up on the coveted Murray, Rosen will get a chance to prove his worth to a rebuilding Arizona team. Nick Bosa playing for the Cardinals bodes well for the team’s future.

Will the Cardinals go for Murray or Bosa? It’s unlikely they will draft somebody else. Regardless of their choice, it should make a profound impact.