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Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Cardinals the only team that is high on Kyler Murray?

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray is still widely expected to be taken by the Arizona Cardinals with the top overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but one analyst believes the Heisman Trophy winner could be in big trouble if the team decides to go in another direction.

CBS college football analyst Aaron Taylor believes Murray is a perfect fit for Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense, but he questions whether or not he would enjoy success in another team’s system. Because of that, Taylor said this week that he would not be surprised if Murray falls out of the first round if the Cardinals pass on him.

“You cannot deny the perfect match of offensive philosophy, style and skillset,” he said. “If Arizona doesn’t take Murray, he could possibly fall all the way out of the first round.”

Of course, that is just one person’s opinion. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report wrote in his “10-Point Stance” column this week that all signs still point the Cardinals drafting Murray, but he said most people would not be surprised if the Oakland Raiders made a “big move up” in the first round for Murray. That would seemingly indicate that Arizona is not the only team that believes in the former Oklahoma star.

Murray turned down more money than we initially realized when he decided to pursue a career in the NFL over playing for the Oakland A’s, so he must be fairly confident he’s going to be a first-round pick. As long as the Cardinals want him, nothing else really matters.

Cardinals GM says team has not decided on No. 1 pick

Arizona Cardinals

The NFL Draft begins in a little over a week, and the Arizona Cardinals say they still have not decided on the top pick.

The Cardinals have been on the clock for months as the team picking first overall. There are many people who believe they are going to take Kyler Murray, but general manager Steve Keim told reporters on Tuesday that the team is still evaluating options and has not made a decision.

It should be noted that the Cardinals have plenty of incentive to keep their intentions close to the vest. If they are planning to draft Murray, that likely means they are going to trade Josh Rosen. They could be trying to keep Rosen’s trade value intact as long as possible by insisting they are unsure what they will do with the No. 1 pick, or they could truly be torn.

One analyst said this week that he is starting to feel much less confident that the Cardinals will take Murray. We know Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury loves Murray, but he has also had very high praise for Rosen recently. Only one of the two can be his starting quarterback going into 2019.

Cardinals becoming less likely to draft Kyler Murray?

Kyler Murray

The idea of the Arizona Cardinals taking any player other than Kyler Murray with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft has seemed farfetched for the majority of the offseason, but there are at least some people who believe it is becoming closer to a reality.

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah tweeted on Monday that he was 90 percent confident two weeks ago that the Cardinals would draft Murray. That confidence has dramatically decreased since.

Why the change? Jeremiah says he doesn’t understand why Murray would be visiting with so many teams if he already has a handshake agreement — or close to it — in place with the Cardinals.

Murray took official visits last week with the New York Giants, who have the No. 6 overall pick, and Washington Redskins, who are scheduled to pick at No. 15. Washington would almost certainly have to trade up to draft Murray, but the fact that the Heisman Trophy winner took a visit with them indicates he feels there is at least a chance he won’t wind up in Arizona.

It’s possible Murray is just keeping all of his options open, and the Cardinals could be hesitant to give him a commitment because they want to protect the trade value of Josh Rosen, who is said to be drawing interest from multiple teams.

Report: Cardinals could keep Josh Rosen after drafting Kyler Murray

Josh Rosen

The Arizona Cardinals are likely going to trade Josh Rosen at some point if they decide to draft Kyler Murray, but they are not necessarily in a rush to make that move.

While many have assumed the Cardinals would prefer to trade Rosen before their offseason conditioning program begins next week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they do not consider that any type of deadline. In fact, they may keep Rosen through the draft even if they do take Murray.

Rapoport added that the Cardinals are intent on not giving Rosen away for pennies on the dollar, and they actually think he is better than the other quarterbacks in this year’s draft outside of Murray. He says it would take a “very, very good offer” for them to trade Rosen.

While having both Murray and Rosen on the roster would be no issue financially, Rosen almost certainly would want out if the Cardinals draft the reining Heisman Trophy winner. It would make sense for them to make a trade before the draft so they can acquire a pick in 2019, and it sounds like Arizona has already gotten at least one respectable offer for Rosen. If Kliff Kingsbury wants Murray to be his starter in 2019, trading Rosen prior to the draft would be the quickest way to improve the team.

Kyler Murray reportedly meeting with Cardinals

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray is viewed by many as the favorite to be the top overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and the team that holds that pick is making an effort to get to know him better.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim visited the Oklahoma campus on Tuesday to meet with Murray.

The Cardinals created some confusion earlier this month when they chose not to send representatives to Murray’s Pro Day, but that may have been a smokescreen. It would be a surprise if they’re not interested in the former Sooners star given the way Kingsbury gushed about him in the past.

Murray’s stock has been steadily rising since he chose to pursue a career in football over reporting to the Oakland A’s, and there are people who are convinced the Cardinals have already decided to take him at No. 1. It won’t be long before we know if that truly is their plan.

Kliff Kingsbury, Cardinals GM not attending Kyler Murray’s Pro Day

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray is holding his Pro Day at Oklahoma on Wednesday, and you might be very surprised to hear one of the teams that is not planning to be in attendance to get a closer look at the Heisman Trophy winner.

According to Ian Rapoport and James Palmer of NFL Network, the Arizona Cardinals’ brass — including head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim — will not be at Murray’s Pro Day.

Palmer noted that the Cardinals will likely hold a private workout with Murray at some point before the draft, but it’s still at least somewhat surprising that the team that has the strongest link to Murray is staying away on Wednesday.

While it’s possible the Cardinals actually don’t intend to draft Murray with the No. 1 overall pick, they could also be trying to hide their interest as best as they can. There are a lot of people who are convinced the Cardinals will take Murray, so maybe they just don’t need to see any more from the former Oklahoma star.

Report: Cardinals to sign Terrell Suggs

Terrell Suggs

The Arizona Cardinals have made their own impact addition early in free agency.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Cardinals are set to land former Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Terrell Suggs.

Suggs, now 36, went to school at Arizona State. The chance to return near his old college stomping grounds could have influenced his decision.

Suggs entered the NFL in 2003 and has never played for any team other than the Ravens, so seeing him in Arizona will be quite strange, if not totally unexpected. Even now, he remains an effective player, having collected seven sacks in 2018 and 11 in 2017. He’ll be a key veteran on a rebuilding Arizona team.