Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
For months all we’ve heard from draft scouts, NFL analysts, armchair GMs, you name it, that Nick Bosa was going first overall no matter what. Well we’re not doing that here today folks, we’re shaking things up a bit. Kyler Murray is the new draft crush talking point -- a 5’10” quarterback with only one year of starting experience at Oklahoma, playing with the potent offense that Baker Mayfield left behind, drafted in the first round of the MLB draft by the Oakland A’s, choosing football instead of baseball, ad did not participate in the NFL combine. Here’s why I think Steve Keim and the Arizona Cardinals will take Kyler Murray, instead of more sensible picks like Bosa or Williams.
A) Addition of Kliff Kingsbury
On January 8, 2019 Kliff Kingsbury, the former head coach for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, was hired by the Arizona Cardinals to replace Steve Wilks. Desperate to make an impact in his first season, Kingsbury will start at the core of the team, and take what he considers to be the most dynamic player in the draft. Edge rushers, defensive linemen, cornerbacks, wide receivers, etc., come and go every year, but how many times do you have the chance to draft a quarterback with the skillset that Murray possesses? How many similar QBs are currently in the league, and how recently were they drafted? The answer is not many. Known for his potent offense, that molded such QBs as Pat Mahomes, Baker Mayfield, and Case Keenum, Murray will offer Kingsbury the opportunity for his scheme to succeed at the next level, and I do not see the same ability within Josh Rosen.
B) Kyler Murray Is Better Than You Think He Is
I’ll admit it, I was a Kyler Murray doubter. My fellow BGNers can even quote me on my claims that Dwayne Haskins was the best quarterback in the draft. Well my friends, I’ve seen the light. Murray may have only started for one season at Oklahoma, but in that single season he threw for 4361 yards, 42 TDs, 7 INTs, a 69% completion rate, and a 11.6 YPA. He also ran for 1001 yards, and scored 12 TDs on the ground. He possesses a unique skillset of baseball outfielder arm strength, wide receiver speed, and above average mental processing. NFL Network’s Lance Zierlien said this about Murray as a passer:
”Stands tall in the pocket (despite his height), never seems to get rattled or overwhelmed, has the speed to extend plays by leaving the pocket, and make defenders miss. Can run left or right and throw with speed and accuracy from both directions. Possibly more effective and accurate when throwing on the move.”
Kyler Murray didn’t run the 40 at his pro-day, so sadly we won’t know the official number on his straight line speed. But luckily, footage from Murray’s first year at Oklahoma was found where he ran an unofficial 4.38 secs. The number was later corroborated by his former teammate QB Baker Mayfield. That would be the second fastest time for a QB since the 40 yard dash has been tracked. Michael Vick holds the current record at 4.33, and RGIII comes in at 4.41. For comparison; Marcus Mariota ran a 4.48 at the combine, Russell Wilson ran a 4.55, and Cam Newton ran a 4.59. So basically, Murray is freaking fast.
NFL Comparison: Russell Wilson (obviously)
C) The Cardinals Need a New Identity
It was just one year ago when the Arizona Cardinals spent the #10 overall pick on Josh Rosen out of UCLA. Since then, he’s fallen out of favor in the desert, and might be the target of some rebuilding trade suitors. The Cardinals on the other hand, may be seeking another start from scratch, indicated by the vacating of Steve Wilks after one unsuccessful season. By drafting a defensive superstar, you’re adding surefire playmaker, yes. But you’re not crafting the new identity of the team, you’re just adding players to the old one. Joe Thomas was one of the best offensive tackles of the past decade, but his entire 11-year career was wasted on a bad Browns team. The same goes for AP on the Vikings, Calvin Johnson on the Lions, and Dick Butkus on the Bears. By drafting Kyler Murray, and crafting an offensive scheme that will revolve around him and his play style, the new identity of the Arizona Cardinals can begin to take shape.
Thanks for Reading
If you made it this far, I appreciate your time. I tried to stay grounded and on point as best I could, but it’s hard to write about a pick you THINK a team will make, versus one you would make yourself. I’m excited to read everyone else’s write ups after mine, go Eagles!
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2019 BGN Mock Draft Order
1) Cardinals (Philliesandthebees): Kyler Murray
2) 49ers (SakPrescott):
3) Jets (thealien2696):
4) Raiders (SisyphusNoMore):
5) Buccaneers (EAGLESBSU):
6) Giants (ablesser88):
7) Jaguars (20Safety_Hazards):
8) Lions (89Tremaine):
9) Bills (drc242):
10) Broncos (ItownBallers22):
11) Bengals (Phoenix X Maximus):
12) Packers (Palaniappan K M)
13) Bengals (wildcatlh):
14) Falcons (Happy24):
15) Washington (roberticus0):
16) Panthers (Triumph McCloud):
17) Giants (KevinDont):
18) Vikings (Eagles701):
19) Titans (Big Schmoopie):
20) Steelers (J. Wil):
21) Seahawks (NickfoleonDynamite):
22) Ravens (GMinTraining):
23) Texans (EaglesRock94)
24) Raiders (SummersInVA):
25) Eagles (I Need a Username):
26) Colts (Nolo0oo):
27) Raiders (SLC Eagle):
28) Chargers (LBCeaglesFan!):
29) Chiefs (Boxer Madness):
30) Packers (Kephas):
31) Rams (Matthieuck):
32) Patriots (Zett_66):
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