The Arizona Cardinals have a big choice to make with the first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.
With the 10th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cardinals selected quarterback, Josh Rosen, from UCLA. In his rookie season, Rosen started 13 games and threw for 2,278 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Not exactly the start you want from you rookie. However, look what Arizona has around him, not much. He has an aging veteran wide receiver in Larry Fitzgerald, a banged up offensive line, and running back, David Johnson, who didn’t get the ball as much as he should’ve. It’s a very young team and they need to let their hopeful franchise quarterback grow.
This offseason, they brought in Texas Tech head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, who’s hoping to re-energize this team. What better way to start than with the first pick of this year’s draft? This creates the complication. Oklahoma’s quarterback, Kyler Murray, has switched to playing football rather than baseball. The 2018 Heisman winner is believed to be the number one overall pick by multiple people.
Kingsbury has expressed his love towards Murray. Back in the fall he said, “I’d choose him with the first pick in the draft”. Now, he has a chance to do just that.
Murray measured in earlier this week at the NFL Combine at 5 feet, 10 1/8 inches tall and 207 pounds. Impressive numbers from a guy who they said was ‘5’8″‘ at best. In his senior year at Oklahoma, Murray threw for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions along with taking the Sooners to the CFB Playoffs. These numbers have all the makings of a pure passer.
But here’s why the Cardinals should PASS on Kyler Murray. First of all, they drafted a quarterback last year with Josh Rosen. As mentioned earlier, the Cardinals didn’t have much offensively for him and Rosen was deemed one of the better throwers of the football in last year’s draft. If you bring in Kyler Murray, you still have the same problem. Second of all, there’s plenty of talent on the defensive side of the ball at the number one pick with Ohio State’s Nick Bosa or Kentucky’s Josh Allen. Thirdly, Cardinals could also trade the pick for Kong’s ransom and stock pile for the future. They won’t turn around in one year and drafting Murray will only prolong everyone being on the same page. Needless to say, it may look like a waste of a pick if they can’t find any trade value for Rosen.
While Kyler Murray is exciting, the Cardinals need to stick with their plan with Josh Rosen, David Johnson, and Christian Kirk on offense. They need some consistency and can’t just draft the newest greatest thing when they already have one of their own.
The Cardinals will be on the clock first on April 25th, only then when all these questions be answered.
(Written by Seth Cohen, a writer for Tailgate Athletics and owner of @tailgatenflnews on Instagram.)