5 draft prospects who could elevate Kyler Murray to elite status in 2022

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The Arizona Cardinals have needs all over the field, but they also potentially have an elite talent at quarterback in Kyler Murray.

Over the past two seasons, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has been a revelation in September and October. Unfortunately, he has also cooled off in November and December each season and, despite respectable numbers, Murray cannot seem to get the Cardinals out of late-season slumps.

So to help remedy the situation, it may be in the Cardinals‘ best interest to surround Murray with talent. Especially after they had the misfortune of seeing receiver Christian Kirk walk. However, they are still in decent shape, with James Conner, Zach Ertz, and Maxx Williams returning. DeAndre Hopkins should also be ready to roll by September.

But it isn’t enough. The Cardinals would benefit from another running back and another receiver. Say what you will about drafting a corner, an edge rusher, or a defensive tackle. There are still plenty of free agents to help fill the gaps. So let’s shift gears and talk about centering this draft around one common goal: Bringing out the best in Kyler Murray. 

Murray has yet to win a playoff game as the Cardinals starting quarterback. He has yet to win a division title or even see his name stay in the MVP race over the long haul. In other words, Murray has underperformed as a first overall pick.

But he has tons of natural talent and it shows during the first half of the long NFL season. So who should the Cardinals target in the draft to elevate Murray to elite status? Keep reading for five sensational names the Cardinals could draft within the first three rounds.