One of the NFL’s most respected players, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, has caught passes from Hall of Fame quarterbacks and utter draft busts. So when the Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray No. 1 overall out of Oklahoma, he was quick to get to know his new signal caller.
Based on his early evaluation, Larry Fitzgerald likes how quickly Murray has learned the offense.
Speaking to the Cardinals team website, Fitzgerald revealed that Murray is already well-ahead of the rest of the team in terms of his knowledge. He went so far as to say the rookie from Oklahoma knows the offense better than anyone else.
“He knows the system better than we do… He can get us into any play at any time and then he has the ultimate weapon in the exit button.”
Fitzgerald’s evaluation shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, though. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury raved about Murray back in his college days, and ran a similar offense as head coach of Texas Tech as Murray ran under Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma.
Last year, the Cardinals traded up to draft Josh Rosen No. 10 overall out of UCLA. But after a 3-13 season that resulted in the team getting the No. 1 pick, they hired Kingsbury, who eagerly drafted Murray and then kicked Rosen to the curb.
Murray won the Heisman Trophy in his one year as a starter, setting all kinds of records, and led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff.
He may be a bit undersized for a prototypical NFL quarterback, but having a leg up on the offense will serve him very well as a rookie.