Arizona Cardinals select cornerback Byron Murphy
The Arizona Cardinals went defense with their first pick of day two of the 2019 NFL Draft
Many were surprised when Scottsdale Saguaro High School’s Byron Murphy didn’t get selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night. On Friday, the Arizona Cardinals didn’t make him wait long at all.
The Cardinals went with the star cornerback out of Washington. They missed out on local receiver N’Keal Harry on Thursday night when the New England Patriots selected him with the 32nd pick of the first round.
However Murphy wasn’t going to slip by. Murphy, who once lived with Harry in high school, stands at 5’11 but checks off a lot of boxes. So many, that it was a bit of a surprise he was still sitting at number 33.
Either way, the Cardinals got their first defensive player of the draft and what a good one they got. He had six interceptions along with 20 passes defensed in just 20 games at Washington.
Murphy knows how to win. He comes from a Washington team that went to the College Football Playoff in 2017 and then the Rose Bowl in 2018. His teams also won the Pac-12 North each of those seasons.
This will likely now start rumors of the future of current Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. Peterson is currently, reportedly, not happy with the Cardinals, again.
Peterson went public and demanded a trade during the 2018 season. He made up with the team and publicly apologized for the move. All seemed just fine on that front until news came out this past week he was unhappy.
He missed a voluntary workout on Wednesday but Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he knew about it ahead of time and all was fine. Peterson however deleted any mention of the Cardinals on his Twitter profile.
This lead to speculation Peterson was again not happy with something the Cardinals did or were doing. Some speculated about a contract issue, some speculated it could be directly related to the draft.
Either way, Murphy now immediately upgrades the depth. The Cardinals also signed veteran cornerback Robert Alford in February.