Round 1, No. 1 overall: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
My take: It’s officially The Kliff and Kyler Show. While I think Josh Rosen, the No. 10 overall pick in last season’s draft, is getting a raw deal from the Cardinals, the decision to draft Murray makes perfect sense with Kliff Kingsbury as the new head coach. If they want to entrust the offense and quarterback to Kingsbury, then it makes sense to give them the quarterback he’s wanted for years. There’s really no going back now for a franchise that’s mismanaged its offense for the last two seasons.
What happens to Rosen?: He hasn’t been traded yet so the question becomes whether or not he stays on the roster beyond the end of the seventh round on Saturday. Whether the Cardinals move Rosen this week will all depend on what they can get for him. Otherwise, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he’s on the roster for organized team activities and minicamp, sharing reps with Murray.
Will Murray work?: That’s the biggest question. He’s 5-foot-10 and a mobile quarterback who has a knack for evading hits. That needs to continue in the NFL if he wants to remain on the field and be the type of quarterback the Cardinals want and need. He’s already run the Air Raid so it’s believed he’ll be able to pick up Kingsbury’s version of the offense seamlessly. Only time will tell.
What’s next (setting up Day 2 of the draft): The Cardinals will kickoff the second day of the draft with the first pick — No. 33 — and follow that up with the first pick of the third round, as well. Look for them to start addressing needs at receiver and offensive line.