Kyler Murray tabbed by as top player over Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel -

Kyler Murray tabbed by as top player over Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel

The 2019 NFL Draft ended up being fairly hit or miss at the top, but the class still produced its fair share of players who have already emerged as stars. Kyler Murray went No. 1 overall in that draft to the Arizona Cardinals, and Nick Bosa was another strong pick at No. 2 to the San Francisco 49ers. Deebo Samuel, DK Metcalf and others represented great value outside of the first round.’s Bucky Brooks took a stab at ranking the top 15 players from the 2019 NFL Draft, and he actually went with Murray at No. 1 ahead of Bosa and Samuel.

“Do not let the offseason drama surrounding the former No. 1 overall pick dim his light as a superstar,” Brooks wrote. “Murray has been better than advertised as a franchise player, and his desire to get the bag is sensible, given his impact as the Cardinals’ QB1. The two-time Pro Bowl selectee has improved his completion percentage and passer rating over the past two seasons while tossing at least 20 touchdown passes in all three pro campaigns. In addition, he has tormented opponents with his roadrunner-like play-making skills outside the pocket on designed QB runs and impromptu scrambles. Although critics have pointed to Murray’s body language as a possible concern, it is hard to put out a list of elite talents at quarterback without placing him near the top of the board.”

Jeffery Simmons of the Tennessee Titans and A.J. Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles rounded out Brooks’ top five. Metcalf was down at No. 7, and another notable name was Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White at No. 8.

Murray posted big numbers each of the last two years, has made two Pro Bowl appearances and won the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year award for the 2019 season. But the Cardinals faded down the stretch of last season after starting out red-hot, eventually falling in the Wild Card round to the Los Angeles Rams.

Prior to the NFL, Murray starred at Oklahoma in 2018, winning the Heisman Trophy. Murray was a 247Sports Composite five-star recruit, originally signing with Texas A&M in the Class of 2015 before transferring to Oklahoma.

The relationship between Murray and the Cardinals has been on unstable ground since, although general manager Steve Keim recently told Pat McAfee that the team hopes to extend Murray sooner than later.

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“I just think it’s a timing thing, Pat,” Keim said. “Every quarterback that’s done it before has done it anywhere from July to September. No different for us. I have to get prepared for the NFL Draft. That requires a lot of hours of tape watching. Free agency at the same time. It’s not easy. So your time is really taken up in a lot of different directions and you have to prioritize it. We know that he’s under contract for another year, and also the fifth-year option, and he is our future. We feel that way strongly and I feel like we’ll be able to get something done this summer.”

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