Is Kyler Murray now a lock to go No. 1 in the 2019 NFL Draft to the Arizona Cardinals?
Obviously, we won’t know that until draft night. But what once seemed just interesting speculation now appears to be the opinion of many observers around the NFL, according to a report Saturday by NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones.
“In terms of Murray, people are beginning to believe almost universally he will indeed be the No. 1 pick in this draft by the Arizona Cardinals,” Jones said from the NFL Scouting Combine. “In fact, teams picking in the top 10 believe they’ll have no chance of drafting Murray. He’s not the biggest quarterback in the world, but he is a very big presence at this combine.”
New Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has openly expressed admiration for Murray. And Murray was scheduled to meet with the Cardinals Friday, although he had meetings scheduled with other teams.
“Coach Kingsbury, I know the type of offense he runs. He recruited me out of high school and I have a great relationship with him,” Murray said Friday. “If I were to play under him, I think it’d be a great deal. But I don’t get to pick players. I just show up and do what I’m supposed to do. I’d obviously be very comfortable knowing how he operates that offense, what we look for, and how to operate everything … me and him being together would be nice.”
If the Cardinals were to pick Murray, the club would have to determine what to do with quarterback Josh Rosen, Arizona’s first-round pick in 2018.
Murray is not participating in drills at the combine, and will instead run and throw at Oklahoma’s pro day on March 13.