TEMPE, Ariz. —- Quarterback Kyler Murray is headed to Arizona as the Cardinals drafted him with the number one overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Murray, 21, won the 2018 Heisman Trophy following a year at Oklahoma as the starter where he threw for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Murray stands 5’10” and will join the Cardinals under first year head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who said while he was the head coach at Texas Tech that if he had the number one overall pick, he’d take Murray. And now, that is a reality.
“I can’t control what people say about me. For me, all I do is work hard and let my game prove itself,” Murray said.
Murray has known Kingsbury for quite some time, having been recruited to Texas Tech. Murray originally played at Texas A&M and then transferred to Oklahoma. Murray addressed the opportunity to finally get to play for Kingsbury.
“Can not wait,” Murray said. “Me and him have had a relationship for like 15 years. This is something we have talked about for a long time and I think it’s a long time coming. And I think to be playing for him now, is a surreal feeling.”
The Cardinals moved up in the 2018 NFL draft to take quarterback Josh Rosen 10th overall. Rosen was thrust into the starting role in week four of his rookie year in which he had two different offensive coordinators. As a starter, Rosen completed 213 passes including 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He was sacked 44 times in those 13 starts.
Since 1988, the Cardinals have selected three quarterbacks in the first round of the NFL Draft. Matt Leinart from USC went 10th overall in 2006 as Rod Graves was the General Manager. And General Manager Steve Keim drafted Rosen 10th from UCLA in 2018 and Murray first overall in 2019.
Murray, of course has been linked to baseball, having been drafted in the first round by Oakland A’s. Murray assured the media in a conference call that his focus is on football.
“My only future is in football right now. And that’s up to my agent, I don’t really deal with all that stuff,” Murray said when asked about having a no baseball clause in his contract.
Stand Out Quote from Murray: “Obviously Patrick [Mahomes] is Patrick and he’s in a different place with the Chiefs so I can’t really speak on what they are doing,” Murray said. “I’ve watched a lot of film and they are obviously creative as far as offense goes. He’s a great player. But as far as me and the Cardinals go, we are going to have to work hard. It’s going to take a lot of work. Winning isn’t easy, but I believe we can be great.”