Kliff 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 reigning Heisman Trophy winner to Texas Tech while he was offensive coordinator there.
The Cardinals’ next order of business is to decide what to do with Josh Rosen, their first-round pick and starting quarterback in 2018. They did not trade him before drafting Murray, adding fuel to the speculation that they could keep both on the roster through OTAs, minicamp and, potentially, training camp.
However, Murray is considered the Cardinals’ starter of the future.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid. All the hard work. Everyone [who] has been in my corner pushed me to get here — can’t thank them enough,” Murray said of being selected No. 1. “I thank God, and just, I mean, this is surreal.”
Murray has known Kingsbury since his sophomore year at Allen High School in Texas, when Kingsbury began recruiting him to Texas A&M. Kingsbury took the head-coaching job at Texas Tech the next year and continued to recruit Murray, but to no avail. However, their relationship remained strong.
“I feel we can be very dangerous. He’s one of the best in the world at calling plays and offensive mind, so for me, I can’t wait to get up there with him. It’s been a long time coming, and I hope he feels the same,” Murray said.
SOURCE: Josh Weinfuss