Kyler Murray is Kliff Kingsbury’s guy after all.
The Cardinals selected the former Oklahoma quarterback with the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday, amid months of mounting speculation. Josh Rosen, last year’s No. 10 pick, remains with the team for now as no trade was announced, but one is inevitable.
Kingsbury’s interest in Murray has long been documented, and was confirmed when Arizona brass met with the signal-caller earlier this month.
“I feel a little antsy right now, it’s kind of weird,” Murray told ESPN before the draft began.
Rosen has been readying for this reality for quite some time.
“I think when people talk about, like, you can’t listen to criticism or you can’t read articles, you have to be aware of what’s going on to a certain extent,” Rosen told Sports Illustrated recently. “I definitely understand the situation. It’s annoying, but it is what it is — football’s a business. I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions.”
Murray is now the second straight Oklahoma quarterback to go No. 1 after the Browns used that selection on Baker Mayfield a year ago.