No. 8: Cardinals Wanting Kyler Murray in 2019 NFL Draft
The 49ers were able to land Nick Bosa because the Cardinals, who owned the top overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, passed up on him.
Arizona kicked off its own rebuild this year, starting with the hiring of head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who had eyes on one player in the draft, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.
Despite the Cardinals already having spent a top draft pick on another high-profile quarterback the year before, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Kingsbury and Co. didn’t care. He wanted Murray.
In terms of player rankings and big boards, Murray was surely far behind Bosa, who was widely viewed as the top prospect coming out in this year’s NFL Draft. But remember, quarterback values always increase leading up to draft day. And if Murray was Kingsbury’s guy, what’s the problem with moving on from Rosen and using the top pick to ensure Murray is selected?
Especially with the Niners getting Bosa as a direct result.
Granted, Murray already teased San Francisco with his talents in the two games these two teams have played this season. And Murray could be a massive thorn in the 49ers’ side for years to come.
But for now, fans can be thankful Kingsbury wanted a quarterback, not a prolific pass-rusher.