Grading the Arizona Cardinals 2019 NFL Draft class
First Round (Pick No. 1)
Kyler Murray – QB (Oklahoma)
Kyler Murray‘s career has gone in a so-so format despite earning Offensive Rookie of the Year Honors and two Pro Bowl appearances. In three seasons as a starter, Murray is 22-23-1, with 70 career touchdowns and 34 interceptions.
Many fans want to believe Murray can be the franchise quarterback moving forward. However, he has struggled to keep pace with some of the league’s most distinguished young names like Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow, who have both been to Super Bowls.
Before the 2020 and 2021 seasons, Murray found himself in the MVP discussion, only to fizzle during the latter half of each campaign. He has also been rather injury-prone, missing three games in 2021 because of an ankle injury. A sprained AC joint also slowed Murray in 2020.
For a Number One Overall draft pick, Murray has been a disappointment. He’s a top-15 quarterback, but he has not shown the ability to take over games or lead his team to improbable wins like Joe Burrow, drafted first overall in 2020.
Murray has yet to firmly entrench himself as a franchise quarterback for the Cardinals. He has the potential, but sooner than later, he needs to up his game and give the Cardinals a better output.