The Arizona Cardinals drafting Kyler Murray No. 1 overall was a power move by the team to say the least. Murray’s expectations as well as his national celebrity have earned him a special honor this week.
Sports Illustrated revealed on Wednesday that Murray was being featured on the cover. The image shows Murray appearing in front of an image of former Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen. The cover title is “Wild Cards.”
Arizona ultimately traded Rosen to Miami one year after trading up to draft him No. 10 overall. As a rookie, Rosen went 3-10 as a starter, culminating in a 3-13 season that saw head coach Steve Wilks fired and Kliff Kingsbury hired.
Murray led Oklahoma to the Big 12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoff last year in his lone year as a starter, earning the Heisman trophy along the way.
But despite his college dominance, there were questions about Murray, with most involving his lack of size, and the possibility of a baseball career looming. One person was sold on Murray being a top pick long ago, though: Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 30, 2019
Back when he was at Texas Tech, Kingsbury praised Murray and even foresaw him as a No. 1 overall pick if given the chance to take him.
Three months after being hired by the Cardinals, Kingsbury got his chance and took it.
With Rosen now gone, Murray is widely expected to be the Day 1 starter for the Cardinals.