We’ve heard a number of rumors that the Arizona Cardinals are not totally sold on Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick of the NFL Draft.
The Cardinals, of course, have a young quarterback in Josh Rosen, who went in the first round last year. The team only has a few days left to deal him, if they want to make a move before the draft kicks off Thursday.
Right now, it doesn’t look like an trade is impending. Of course, it is hard to gauge how close to the vest the Cardinals front office is truly playing things, beyond the noise surrounding the team at the top of the NFL Draft.
ESPN’s lead NFL Draft prognosticator isn’t sold on the noise around the pick though.
On Monday’s First Take, Mel Kiper Jr. said he thinks there is a 99.9-percent chance the Arizona Cardinals go with Kyler Murray.
Video is available from ESPN. Kiper and Todd McShay are both pretty confident, but McShay admits one unnamed general manager placed some doubt in his mind.
“Will Cain: If you put a percentage chance on it, what do you think the odds are that Kyler Murray goes No. 1 to the Cardinals?
Cain: That’s definitive.”
Max Kellerman: McShay, do you feel the same way? C’mon Todd, top him.
McShay: The only reason I brought it up is because I’m driving home on Thursday night after we did a bunch of shows, Kiper’s flying out to Baltimore, I’m driving up to Boston, and I get a phone call from a general manager. I pull off to a rest stop and the first thing he says to me is ‘Are you sure about Kyler at No. 1?’ I was like ‘Yes, everyone’s telling me that. Why, do you know something?’ And he says ‘No, just kind of hearing some stuff.’ And that was it.
And I was like ‘Tell me, is there’s something?’ and he was like ‘I don’t know, just make sure you’re sure if you say he’s going to be the No. 1 pick.’ I said ‘Alright, gotcha,’ and called a bunch of people over the weekend, and everyone still seems to think he’s going to be the No. 1 pick.'”
So Murray to the Cardinals definitely still appears to be in the cards, but last year we didn’t know Baker Mayfield would definitely be the top pick until very late in the process. Things can change very quickly when it comes to the NFL Draft.