With the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have selected former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray. It’s the second consecutive draft in which an OU quarterback has been selected first, with Baker Mayfield going to the Cleveland Browns in 2018.
.@TheKylerMurray goes no. 1 overall to the @AZCardinals!#OUDNA #NFLDraft @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/ijiBNMZ5BH— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) April 26, 2019
Unprecedented.— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) April 26, 2019
1️⃣st school with back-to-back QBs selected No. 1 overall#OUDNA | https://t.co/o26VaEn9Ku pic.twitter.com/i1NcKYY7oY
After months of speculation, Kyler Murray is officially teaming up with Kliff Kingsbury in the desert. On paper, this pairing seems like a great fit. The former Texas Tech head coach has built a reputation for employing prolific offenses, and with a player like Murray to run his offensive vision, the possibilities are endless (provided the Cardinals are able to build around him). If what he did with Patrick Mahomes in college was any indication of what’s to come, fans of the Arizona Cardinals should be in for a real treat.
From September to December, Kyler Murray took the college football world by storm. On a weekly basis, he lit up highlight reels across the nation with dazzling runs and game-breaking throws. He became the second player in FBS history to pass for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. In 2018, he totaled 4,361 yards through the air, 42 touchdowns and seven INTs on 260-377 (69%) passing while adding 1,001 rushing yards and 12 more scores on 140 carries.
As far as NFL player comparisons are concerned, Russell Wilson has been mentioned, as well as Michael Vick (Todd McShay) and Steve Young (CBS Sports). Personally, I believe that in time, Murray will show how he’s a one-of-kind player that hasn’t been seen before and may never be seen again. His speed is about as good as it gets, regardless of position, and he’s an exceptional passer both from the pocket and on the move.
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