TEMPE, Ariz. – Cliff Kingsbury got his guy.
The Arizona Cardinals drafted Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick on Thursday, uniting Murray with Kingsbury, who unsuccessfully recruited the winning Heisman Trophy winner to Texas Tech while he was offensive coordinator there.
"Can not wait," Murray said. It's a long time coming God works in mysterious ways For me to play it now, it's a surreal feeling. "
Kingsbury said he was" obviously excited "to finally land Murray, whom he first started recruiting as a sophomore in high school.
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The Cardinals' next order of business is to do with Josh Rosen's first-round pick and starting quarterback in 2018. They did not trade him before drafting Commenting on OTAs, minicamp and, potentially, training camp,
General manager Steve Keim has received trade calls for roses but said nothing was "meaningful enough" for Arizona to consider
So germs said he's not concerned that the Cardinals' leverage to trade Rosen was diminished after teams as the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, who both were reportedly interested in trading for roses, drafted quarterbacks. Dolphins GM Chris Grier said Thursday night.
"Bottom line is Josh is a really good football player "Germ said. Over the past three years, we have not been able to get away with football 3 out of those 19 starters, 14 of those teams have missed the playoffs, which means they have not got any backups, and then when you have them
"I have a personal stake in the fact that I remember in 2014 string quarterback. You can not have enough good depth. We've talked about that over and over in here. Needs constantly change. Those needs could change at that position.
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However, it's Murray who's considered the Cardinals' starter of the future, even though Kingsbury said he would not discuss the first-team quarterback.
"We're working through Kingsbury has been known to teach Kingsbury since his sophomore year at Texas High School, when Kingsbury began recruiting him to become Texas A & M. Kingsbury took the head coaching job at Texas Tech the next year and continued to recruit.
Murray, but no avail.
"I've always never." Murray said of Kingsbury at the NFL scouting combine in February taken that for granted. I always need someone. Like I said, it'd be fun. It would be a great deal 1. "
He's first linked to Arizona shortly after the Cardinals hired Kingsbury on Jan. 8. A video resurfaced from October of Kingsbury when he was still head coach Texas Tech's game against Oklahoma by Texas Tech, Kingsbury, who was fired by Texas Tech after six seasons in
"I did not know what to think, honestly," Murray said. "I do not really remember when, but I was a little up in the air on what I what to do. So it's all kind of worked out. Like I said, "God works in mysterious ways, and I'm using Kingsbury to get the job done with Arizona, who's having that relationship for years now."
Murray was a first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2018, but signed by Kingsbury's agent Erik Burkhardt of Select Sports.
However, Talk of Murray to the Cardinals heated up at the combine
Murray met the Cardinals there on April 10.
Last season, while leading the College of the College Football Playoff semifinals, Murray accounted for 5,362 yards from scrimmage So he ran for 1.001 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"I've been doing this over 20 years," Keim said. "I've seen guys who have thrown it like him. I've seen you guys who can do it. The ability to throw the football with timing, accuracy and touch, and to play the football, extend players and create like he does out of the pocket, we're extremely excited about Kyler. He's a fantastic player. He's dynamic.
"Again, in the end, our goal was to make a player that would improve this organization, and that's what Kyler Murray did."
Keim said the decision to pick Murray what "very easy," especially after watching tape of Murray. At first, Keim said, he was "reluctant" to study Murray and avoid falling in love with him. But germ failed at that. Murray is Murray is the "right guy" for Arizona.
Murray is the 22nd Heisman Trophy winner of the first round, and second in Qype: Bakers Mayfield went to Cleveland in 2018.
The 5-foot-10 Murray wants to run Kingsbury's version of the Air Raid, a scheme he learned operating operating at Oklahoma.
"Hey what the funnest guy I watched on tape, "Keim said. "If I wrote 'Wow' 100 times, that's probably not enough.
" In this day and age, you have to play with your feet and make plays. " Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. "Now we have guy." he said, referring to Seattle's quarterback Russell Wilson that can be a weapon with his feet, his arm. And he is not just a runner. The guy is a player that looks to throw first. He's got tremendous accuracy. You talk about the height being a detriment. It really is not when you watch the tape. If you're doing your homework, there are 6-foot-5 quarterbacks in this draft who had 12 balls batted down. He had 5 balls batted down. "
Murray said he would be" very comfortable "running Kingsbury's offense because of their history and relationship. "
Over the past three months, however, the Cardinals have vocalized their support of Rosen as their quarterback." In early February, Kingsbury said what Rosen "our guy." At the combine, Steve Keim general manager said Rosen was the Cardinals Quarterback "right now, for sure." And at the owners meetings in late March, Kingsbury said Rosen's "no question" fits his Air Raid offense, and added that there are a lot of "misconceptions" regarding Rosen and the Cardinals. 
Kingsbury spoke with Rosen over the phone before drafting Murray in the first round Thursday Conversations ion was "good."
"It is what it is," Kingsbury said. He has worked as a starter all week and has done so well do not expect that to be any different when he comes back. "