1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
The speculation started as soon as the Arizona Cardinals announced Kliff Kingsbury as their head coach this season. Kingsbury, while still at Texas Tech, said if he were an NFL head coach and had the No. 1 overall pick he would take Kyler Murray out of Oklahoma as his quarterback.
As fate would have it, Kingsbury is now coaching an NFL team with the No. 1 pick. However, the Cards already spent the No. 10 overall pick on Josh Rosen last season — which originally made it seem less than likely they would go after Murray.
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However, rumors have continued that there’s a love between the team and player and Kingsbury has yet to say he won’t pull the trigger on the Heisman winner and ship off Rosen. He was also less than committal when asked if Josh Rosen would be on the team in 2019.
“Yeah, I do [think Rosen could remain with the team]. I do,” Kingsbury said via Grant Gordon of NFL.com. “I mean, when you have the first pick, anything can happen, as you know, but you know, he’s a talented player, and we’re very high on him and that hasn’t changed.”
In this scenario, the Cards do decide to take Murray, a move that will quickly be followed by an announcement of where they traded Rosen. It’s not normal to see a top-10 pick traded just one season later, but the fact that Arizona isn’t singing Rosen’s praises louder is rather telling.