Arizona made a very bold decision this week, hiring former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury to lead the Cardinal franchise. Most point to the fact Kingsbury couldn’t turn the Red Raiders into a winner, now he’s expected to do just that in Arizona?
The new trend in the NFL is to hire young offensive coaches and ask questions later and the Cardinals have dove all in on that logic, bringing in a coach that agreed to be USC’s offensive coordinator just weeks ago. Now the franchise has an opportunity to pull another bold move by drafting a quarterback in the first round in back-to-back drafts.
While that may sound crazy, reports out of Oakland suggest Oklahoma quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray will spurn Major League Baseball and enter into the 2019 NFL Draft.
Following that news, Murray’s odds to be selected in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft have skyrocketed. Check out these odds via online sportsbook, BetOnline, courtesy of CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee:
Will Kyler Murray be a 1st round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft?
- Yes -200
- No +150
Logically, if Arizona did make this decision, the team would have to trade away last season’s top pick, quarterback Josh Rosen. What gives some so much confidence in Murray being a pick in the draft? A few months ago, Kingsbury said himself he would draft Murray No. 1 overall if he could.
It just so happens Kingsbury will now have that chance, as Arizona currently owns the No. 1 overall draft pick.
Check out this video of Kingsbury, which was shared by sports reporter Eric Kelly of KLBK:
Kliff Kingsbury with some high praise for OU QB Kyler Murray:
"Kyler is a freak…..I would take him with the first pick of the draft if I could." pic.twitter.com/aYYamjMu7o
— Eric Kelly (@EricKellyTV) October 28, 2018
We’ll soon find out if Kingsbury was simply paying a compliment to one of college football’s best quarterbacks during this interview back in October or if he was being genuine when he offered up this take. Considering Kingsbury developed Patrick Mahomes, which was a major factor in Arizona’s interest in its new coach, you’d have to believe they would allow him to build around the quarterback of his choice.
If Murray is that guy for Arizona, he’s out there for the taking.