NASHVILLE — A Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at the top, two more QBs along the way — and a whole lot of players who like nothing better than putting passers on the ground.
That was the look for the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.
Arizona defied NFL custom and at least temporarily created a quarterback quandary by selecting Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray to start proceedings in a wet and wild selection show.
As thousands of fans withstood rain that began just about when Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke Murray’s name, the Cardinals spent a second straight high pick on a QB. Arizona moved up from 15th overall to 10th in 2018 to grab Josh Rosen.
NFL teams simply don’t do that, but with a new head coach in college-trained Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals made the bold move. At least until they likely move Rosen elsewhere in a trade.
“I feel we can be very dangerous,” Murray said. “He’s one of the best in the world at calling plays. I can’t wait to get up there with him. It’s been a long time coming and I hope he feels the same.”
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Resplendent in a pink suit, Murray was a first-round baseball pick by the A’s. He becomes the 22nd Heisman Trophy winner to go first overall and is the second straight Oklahoma quarterback to go first: Baker Mayfield went to Cleveland in 2018.
“BACK TO BACK!!!!! CONGRATS K1!!!! Well deserved my brotha!!!” Mayfield tweeted.
As for bypassing baseball, Murray has no qualms about the decision.
“I love playing multiple sports. I grew up playing multiple sports,” he said. “I just think there’s no reason to limit yourself to one sport. I love to compete, so it wasn’t a big deal for me.”
With quarterbacks so in demand these days, the Giants might have reached a bit for Duke’s Daniel Jones at the sixth spot, and Washington did just the opposite to get Dwayne Haskins. It stayed put at No. 15 and the Ohio State alum fell to them.
Perhaps serendipitously, he held a bowling party about 30 miles away Thursday night.
“I’m just going to work on getting my head in that playbook,” said Haskins, a one-year starter for the Buckeyes. “I’m going to do all I can to get physically and mentally ready for the upcoming season and just motivate my guys (who are) coming in with me in this rookie class.”
After Murray, though, defense became the order of the night. Of the first 20 picks, 12 were for defense, all of them pass-rushing threats.
Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa went second to the 49ers, as expected, followed by Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams to the Jets at No. 3, Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell fourth to the Raiders, and LSU linebacker Devin White fifth to Tampa Bay.
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