The pick is in, and it's a big one! The Cardinals made their selection in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft and selected Kyler Murray with the very first selection. Sorry, Oakland A's; your infielder of the future is now the next QB legend.
The pick is in. And the #AZCardinals do take QB Kyler Murray at No. 1. The Heisman Trophy winner goes to Arizona and all eyes are on Josh Rosen.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 26, 2019
Murray is coming into the NFL off a Heisman Trophy-winning season with the Oklahoma Sooners.
The Cards getting a dual-threat quarterback who can launch the ball down the field accurately or tuck the ball in and take off using his legs, picking up chunks of yardage each time. He only played one year as the Oklahoma starter, but in his time under center, he put up 42 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
Forst smiled when asked about SI report the #Athletics offered Kyler Murray $14 million on top of his signing bonus to play baseball: “I’m going to watch the draft next Thursday.”— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) April 19, 2019
Arizona is getting a truly unique, generational athletic talent; after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, he became the first athlete to ever get drafted in the first round in two different sports (yes, even Bo Jackson went in the fourth round of the MLB Draft). Murray reportedly turned down a $14 million contract and entered the NFL Draft instead of leaping to the A's.
Oakland knew there was a chance that Murray would choose football over baseball, and still used a coveted first-round pick in the MLB Draft on him, which only speaks to his athleticism and potential as a professional athlete.