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Cardinals create glut at quarterback by selecting Murray

Thu Apr 25 9:10pm ET
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer

Players: Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray shows off his new jersey after the Arizona Cardinals selected Murray in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Arizona Cardinals selected Murray in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray waves after the Arizona Cardinals selected Murray in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Arizona Cardinals selected Murray in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals ended months of speculation by taking Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick of the NFL draft.

Now they have to decide what to do with Josh Rosen.

The Cardinals moved up five spots to take Rosen with the 10th overall pick of the 2018 draft and made it two straight first-round quarterback picks with their selection of Murray on Thursday night.

''I'm blessed to be here,'' Murray told the NFL Network in Nashville. ''I'm ready to go. No matter what the situation is, I'm a winner. I'm ready to go.''

Rosen had an up-and-down rookie season after being drafted out of UCLA, throwing for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.

The hiring of former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury during the offseason changed the dynamic in Arizona.

Kingsbury's wide-open offense put up prodigious numbers in Lubbock and twice produced the national leader in passing yards.

The 39-year-old coach has brought his pass-first offense to the desert and Murray seems to be the perfect fit to run it. Kingsbury even recruited Murray to Texas A&M when he was the offensive coordinator there in 2012.

Though small for a quarterback at 5-foot-10, Murray is strong-armed and shifty. He threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns with 11 interceptions at Oklahoma last season, and added 1,001 yards and 12 more touchdowns on the ground.

A backup to Baker Mayfield in 2017, he followed in the footsteps of his former teammate by winning the Heisman Trophy and being taken with the No. 1 overall pick a year later. Mayfield, now with the Cleveland Browns, quickly congratulated his successor in Norman.

''I feel we can be very dangerous,'' Murray said. ''He's one of the best in the world at calling plays. I can't wait to get up there with him. It's been a long time coming and I hope he feels the same.''

The Cardinals had been on the clock for three months, yet have seemed to have a hard time deciding what to do with the fourth No. 1 overall pick in franchise history.

Murray's decision to play football instead of baseball added a layer of intrigue, even with Rosen on the roster.

Arizona's brass said it was still undecided days before the draft, leaving fans and media wondering if they would take Murray, pick a defensive player or trade down and get more value.

It ended up being Murray, giving the Cardinals two top-10 quarterbacks - and some decisions to make.

Player Notes
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Aaron Donald Apr 25 9:30pm ET

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Josh Allen Apr 25 9:20pm ET

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Matthew Stafford Apr 25 9:20pm ET

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Eli Manning Apr 25 9:10pm ET

The New York Giants selected Duke quarterback Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL draft. We knew that the Giants would be looking for Eli Manning's successor in this draft, we just weren't sure that they'd go with a QB with their first of two picks in the first round. Jones is the second signal-caller off the board in the first round after Kyler Murray went first overall. He'll sit and learn behind Manning in his first year and could see some starts eventually, depending on how Manning looks. Jones will have a ton of dynasty appeal, but don't expect him to give you much in redraft leagues in his rookie season.

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Josh Allen Apr 25 9:00pm ET

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Josh Rosen Apr 25 8:30pm ET

The Arizona Cardinals selected Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. This was the expected move all along, and the Cardinals finally confirmed it on Thursday evening. Murray is the most athletic signal-caller in this year's draft, as he was also a first-round pick in baseball last June. The knock on him is he might be too small to succeed at the next level, especially with Arizona's offensive line being one of the worst in the NFL. With Murray now atop the depth chart, look for the Cardinals to trade Josh Rosen, their first-round pick in 2018, on Friday. Murray will be an excellent draft choice in keeper leagues, but he might struggle for consistency in redraft leagues, although head coach Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense should fit him very well.

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Kyler Murray Apr 25 4:00pm ET

If Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray goes to the Cardinals at No. 1 overall and Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa goes at No. 2 to the 49ers, the Buffalo Bills could trade up to No. 3 to select Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, according to rival general managers. The Jets own the third overall pick, but they are willing to trade down to secure more picks in the draft. Buffalo currently sits with the No. 9 overall pick, but they desperately want to upgrade their defensive line.

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Josh Rosen Apr 25 2:40pm ET

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Case Keenum Apr 25 2:20pm ET

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Jadeveon Clowney Apr 25 1:50pm ET

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Houston Texans are open to trading linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who they placed the franchise tag on. The Texans have discussed an extension with Clowney, but he's yet to sign the franchise tender and the two sides aren't believed to be close on a long-term extension. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain said on Thursday that Clowney is "not going anywhere," but perhaps the Texans will receive an offer they can't refuse on draft day. Clowney was the first overall pick in 2015 and has 18.5 sacks over the last two seasons, but he's also missed a lot of time due to injuries.

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Case Keenum Apr 25 12:40pm ET

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Derek Carr Apr 25 12:20pm ET

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Jarran Reed Apr 25 9:35am ET

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Andy Dalton Apr 25 12:30am ET

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