Let’s get something straight—-a few days ago I posted Zac Shomler’s analysis of Josh Rosen. Zac is extremely high on Josh Rosen. He’s seen Rosen up close while both he and Josh were attending the same QB camps. He feels that Rosen loves football, that he has prodigious talent and that he is highly detailed in his training and preparations.
But—-when I asked Zac what, in his opinion, the Cardinals should do with the #1 pick, he said, even before I could finish the question—-the Cardinals have to take Kyler Murray.
Zac didn’t say “should take”—-he said “have to take.”
Here are his reasons:
- “Sometimes a player is too good to pass up.”
- “Kyler Murray is the best passer in the draft and Kyler Murray is the best runner in the draft.”
- “If the Cardinals pass on Murray and he becomes the superstar and generational talent that I and many others believe he will be, this will haunt the Cardinals for years to come.”
- “Kyler Murray is a once in a lifetime prospect—-how many QBs enter the draft being both the best passer and the best runner?”
- “What people don’t realize is that height doesn’t matter. All QBs have trouble looking over the offensive line. All QBs have to find windows to throw through. The QBs with the best feet have an easier time of it. Kyler Murray’s feet are incredible.”
- “When I look at QBs like Joe Flacco, Blake Bortles, Mitchell Trubisky and Jared Goff the word that comes to mind is potential. They are often so close to being very good. But, when I look at Kyler Murray I see substance. He makes great play after great play and has very few flaws.”
- “People often get fooled by a QB’s size and arm strength—-but it’s not what you look like, it’s how you play. Again, you want substance, not potential.”
If you recall, back in 2009 when the Cardinals were hosting Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs a week after having just gotten walloped 33-7 by the Packers at home, all of the local and national pundits predicted the Packers were a sure bet to beat the Cardinals—-all but one—-and I will never forget this.
Dan Bickley stood alone and said, “Kurt Warner will find a way to win this game, The Cardinals are going to win.”
At the time he was practically laughed at.
As we know, in what was one of the most epic offensive performances in NFL playoff history, engineered by Warner and Rodgers, the Cardinals won in overtime by the score of 51-45.
Well, yesterday, this is what Dan Bickley had to say in his column about Kyler Murray:
“Yes, the Cardinals should draft Murray with the No. 1 overall pick. He is more a quarterback than Josh Rosen. He is perfectly suited for Kingsbury’s offense. He would be playing for a head coach that has zero doubts in his ability, and that will go a long way when an undersized young man walks into an NFL locker room, tasked with proving himself to grizzled veterans.”
As is precisely the case with Zac Shomler, Bickley is saying what so many of the pundits around America believe—-Kyler Murray is a unique talent who can do things with the football that few players, including Josh Rosen cannot.
Some fans are arguing that the Cardinals should fix the offensive line first, before they even consider making another move at QB. Sure. That’s a proper point. But, actually, by taking Murray and then trading Josh Rosen for a high draft pick (which in this draft is possible either from the Dolphins at #13, the Giants at #17 or the Patriots at #32), the Cardinals could add one of the top offensive linemen in the draft (Johah Williams, Cody Ford, Andre Dillard, Garrett Bradbury, Chris Lindstrom) and then use the #33 pick to draft one of the top WRs (Marquise Brown, Deebo Samuel, A.J. Brown, N’Keal Harry, Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler).
Just as Nate Davis of USA Today wrote in his Mock Draft today:
1. Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma: His pro day performance dropped safely into the fairway, he appears like the choice — based both on his prodigious talent and ability to snugly plug into new Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense. If GM Steve Keim could pry a nice return for incumbent QB Josh Rosen, this franchise’s rebuild could suddenly be well ahead of schedule.
Thanks you Zac Shomler for your excellent podcasts and for taking the time to talk with Revenge of the Birds. Zac hopes that you enjoyed his videos and asks us, if we can, to share his ardent support for suicide prevention via Hilinski’s Hope Foundation: