New Beginnings for the Arizona Cardinals with QB Kyler Murray

Kaiden Fesler, Staff Writer

On Thursday April 25th, 2019 the NFL Draft opened with the first round and the later rounds took place over the following two days. In the first round the Arizona Cardinals had the first overall pick and selected Kyler Murray, quarterback from Oklahoma University and the reigning Heisman trophy winner. This was a great pick but it is also something that will most likely help spark a change within the Cardinals Organization with a great new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury and an elite quarterback in Kyler Murray.

With this pick many asked what would happen with the Cardinals’ former QB Josh Rosen who was picked #10 overall by the Cardinals in the 2018 NFL Draft but did not have the rookie year the team was looking for. The Cardinals made it clear Murray is who they wanted under center week one against the Detroit Lions at State Farm Stadium.

After this there was some controversy that arose from Rosen unfollowing the Cardinals instagram page, which caused former NFL wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. to call out Rosen on live TV saying Rosen was not willing to compete with Kyler Murray for the starting job and adding Rosen did not “have enough heart.” The next day Josh Rosen was traded to the Miami Dolphins, The Dolphins were in need of a franchise quarterback and is a great fit for Rosen getting a fresh start. After the trade was made public Rosen put out a video of himself thanking the Cardinals organization and fans, showing his excitement for a new start in Miami, and even offering Kyler Murray his house in Arizona.

The Cardinals also added key wide receivers with great strength and speed to add to a veteran Larry Fitzgerald and also Kevin White who was the 7th overall pick in the 2015 Draft by the Chicago Bears and was acquired by the Cardinals via trade this offseason. The Cardinals added some great young offensive lineman to improve the line protecting Murray and blocking for pro bowl running back, David Johnson. The Cardinals still have pro-bowl corner Patrick Peterson and elite edge rusher in Chandler Jones to build onto.

The Cardinals are coming into a new system this year with a young core but also key veterans at receiver, running back, defensive back, and also defensive line. Coach Kingsbury has a great young team to head into this season and look for the turnaround all fans want.