Resisting NFL custom and in any event briefly making a quarterback pickle, the Arizona Cardinals begun the NFL draft Thursday night by choosing Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy champ.
For the second time in a year, Arizona went QB, having climbed from 15th overall to 10th in 2018 to get Josh Rosen. NFL groups essentially don’t do that, however with a new mentor in college-trained Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals made the strong move. In any event until they likely move Rosen somewhere else in a trade.
“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.”
Resplendent in a pink suit – nothing near the Cardinals red he will wear in Arizona – Murray embraced a few of his individual draft prospects before doing likewise with Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Murray turns into the 22nd Heisman Trophy champ to go first by and large. He additionally is the second straight Sooners quarterback to pull it off: Baker Mayfield went to Cleveland in 2018.
“BACK TO BACK!!!!! CONGRATS K1!!!! Well deserved my brotha!!!” Mayfield tweeted.
Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa went to San Francisco of course. The 49ers have utilized a first-round determination on four defensive linemen in the previous five drafts.
Bosa is viewed as the top pass rusher in this group. His older sibling, Joey, plays for the Chargers and was the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Their dad additionally played in the NFL.
“Good genes, man,” Bosa said with a laugh. “”It’s a new journey. I’m so excited to finally be back on a team. I can’t wait to get to work. This is all the work I’ve put in since I was 7 years old and it’s finally here.”
Bosa is the most noteworthy Ohio State draft pick since offensive tackle Orlando Pace went No. 1 to St. Louis in 1997. He missed everything except three games last season with core muscle damage, yet as of now had shown the sort of playmaking that lifts players to loft status. For example, the second pick in the draft.
The Jets, widely speculated to trade the third pick, utilized it on Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, considered by certain scouts the best player in this draft. Not in any case a starter before 2018, Williams won the Outland Trophy last season and is Alabama’s most elevated drafted defensive player since linebacker Cornelius Bennett went No. 2 overall in 1987.