In the span of a few months, Kyler Murray has risen to the top of most NFL draft boards with plenty of suitors in the top of the NFL Draft order vying for his services. But at least one now-former NFL head coach believes that teams should be wary of drafting him No. 1 overall.
Appearing on the NFL Network this past week, former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis urged the Arizona Cardinals to avoid drafting Murray with the No. 1 pick.
He explained that the team already has quarterback Josh Rosen, who they drafted last year, and should be working to build around him. Via Yahoo Sports:
“I just think this team, this group of players, they drafted a quarterback [Rosen] last year, and I think you gotta go in with him as your starting quarterback and build your football team around him with a young quarterback,” Lewis said.
Lewis also stressed that drafting a quarterback in the first round for a second year in a row would be akin to hitting the reset button again. Such a move would endanger the Cardinals’ chances of building off of their 2018 campaign.
“I don’t think as a football team and a franchise you can afford to start over again,” Lewis said. “Every time you draft a young quarterback, you’re starting from scratch.”
Lewis has some first-hand experience with the No. 1 overall pick, having used it to draft Carson Palmer with the first pick in 2003.
After sitting his first year and having a below-average debut campaign in 2004, Palmer exploded onto the scene in 2005, making his first of back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances.
That year, Palmer led the league in completion percentage and touchdowns as he led the Bengals to the playoffs for the first time since 1990.
Unfortunately for Lewis, neither Palmer nor his successor, Andy Dalton, were able to sustain the success they found in their early years at the position.
Lewis was fired at the end of the 2018 season after posting three straight losing seasons.
He is currently a commentator for the Alliance of American Football.