The Arizona Cardinals set up a meeting with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray at the NFL Combine, which could drastically alter the San Francisco 49ers’ draft plans for the good.
The 2019 NFL Combine just made things a bit more interesting ahead of April’s NFL Draft
For the San Francisco 49ers, it’s like being in an episode of The Office. Specifically the “It’s happening!” episode.
Remember, this one?
Yeeeeah, that one.
It’s official, the Arizona Cardinals are meeting with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray over the weekend. What began as a link involving new head coach Kliff Kingsbury and his crush on the talented signal-caller has now turned into a full guessing game.
It’s not only the meeting that has turned everything upside down. Murray measured in very similarly to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, rather than being the 5-foot-9 height rumored. His weight, which concerned some as he was considered to be sub-200 pounds (smaller quarterbacks don’t withstand punishment as hard) also turned out to be a non-factor, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
His hand size is small. But if you look at Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (another Oklahoma product taken with the first pick), he has even smaller hands and they don’t seem to be bothering his career too much.
Murray won’t throw at the NFL Combine, as he wants to do it at the Oklahoma pro day where he’s more comfortable, but he doesn’t have to. He went from an undersized prospect that was almost a novelty into a legitimate target for the No. 1 overall pick.
Actions speak louder than words. Kingsbury said that Josh Rosen is their quarterback. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim then said he was their quarterback “right now“. Two extra words that pretty much was dumping gasoline onto the fire.
It certainly flared up the fire under Rosen, as his Instagram then had all Cardinals related photos deleted. Rosen would claim it was hacked.
I, for one, am dubious, to say the least.
Even if Arizona doesn’t take Murray, somebody will. And they’ll likely have to move up to get him. But it may not even come to that, because when there’s smoke, there’s fire. The door of Arizona has started to get very hot and suspiciously smoky, and that bodes well for all 49er fans.
The end result? The best player in the draft, who also conveniently fills the biggest hole, becomes a Niner. Imagine Bosa in red and gold, getting past Arizona offensive linemen to crush the quarterback taken over him.
Before, such an idea was a convenient fantasy, but in just a day, it’s taken a very real turn into possible reality.