The NFL Draft is just a couple of days away, which means rumors will spread and smokescreens from teams will be at an all-time high until Roger Goodell takes the podium down in Nashville.
Sunday provided NFL fans with the latest rumor. This one comes from CBS Sports' Pete Prisco, who says the Arizona Cardinals will pass on selecting Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick, despite the consensus that has been reported for the better part of two months.
Prisco: Cardinals won't pick Murray No. 1 https://t.co/Z1v7gdXN4U— Rotoworld NFL Draft (@Rotoworld_Draft) April 21, 2019
Arizona selecting Murray with the No. 1 overall pick makes little sense, considering the team's myriad of holes at other positions on the roster. Josh Rosen has a high ceiling and is only entering his second season in the league, after being selected with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
If this rumor is true, there is one huge winner in all of this, and that's the San Francisco 49ers, who hold the second overall pick.
Let's face it, the 49ers, like their NFC West rivals in Glendale, need depth on both sides of the field. Unfortunately for them, they have just six picks in this year's draft. What's one way to solve this issue?
. @PriscoCBS reports that the Cardinals will not be taking Kyler Murray with that No. 1 pick. The 49ers now have one of the most valuable picks in the draft. @patoholloway goes over some scenarios and welcomes you all to draft week. https://t.co/R8L5QimPc9— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) April 21, 2019
With Murray being the consensus top quarterback in the entire draft class, there are plenty of teams in need for a signal caller of the future. The Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants, just to name a few.
Perhaps the best opportunity for the 49ers to gain a king's ransom in draft capital would be to dangle the Murray-carrot in front of the Oakland Raiders. Head coach Jon Gruden has reportedly been infatuated with Heisman Trophy winner throughout the pre-draft process. Derek Carr isn't going to prevent Gruden from selecting a potentially explosive quarterback.
"Someone in Indianapolis told me Jon Gruden is the worst poker player in the NFL. He and Mike Mayock can talk all they want about Derek Carr ... but I'll tell you Jon Gruden is very interested in Kyler Murray." - Peter King on @dpshow— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) March 4, 2019
It would be a huge victory for the 49ers, as they can earn those extra draft picks (potentially anoother first-rounder), AND select one of the top defensive prospects in the NFL Draft in Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams, or Josh Allen.
If this rumor were to come to fruition on draft night, 49ers GM John Lynch will celebrate like he won the lottery, because he can single-handedly hold Kyler Murray's NFL future in the palm of his hand.