Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is expected to declare for the National Football League draft on Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday night.
The 2019 draft is one of the deepest in years in terms of defensive lineman, so if the Cardinals keep their top pick, they are likely to go in that direction, whether it be Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams or Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa.
Not only did Rosen post the second-lowest completion percentage (55.2) of all 33 qualifying quarterbacks in his rookie season, but his new coach Kliff Kingsbury is a big Murray admirer. "I know he's signed up to play baseball but he is a dominant football player and I would take him with the first pick". One G.M. said he hadn't even studied Murray's film, given the then-prevailing belief (as fueled by his baseball agent) that Murray would choose the hide of a horse over the skin of a pig. Murray threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns against Nick Saban's defense. The history of 5-foot-10 quarterbacks who turn into stars at the pro level isn't is pretty short. The Texas native batted.296 with 13 doubles, 10 home runs, a.954 OPS and 10 stolen bases for the Sooners baseball team, which led to him becoming a top-10 pick.
And wouldn't you know it, the new Arizona Cardinals head coach has his chance to do just that.
The Athletics may be playing things cool at the moment, but Murray's decision to entertain the draft process should be setting off alarm bells in the Bay. I think he's very competitive. That says a lot about the young man. Adam Schefter appeared on ESPN's Get Up! .
It's unknown whether Kingsbury was forced to commit to Rosen in taking the job, but Murray's newfound availability could make for some interesting discussions.