With just under a week until the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals still have no idea whom they will select with the first overall pick.
During an April 16 press conference, the team’s General Manager Steve Keim came out and said the team has yet to decide whom they will be drafting. They still have some evaluating to do before the draft.
Based on rumors that have been swirling around all offseason, it is reasonable to assume the Cardinals are between two players to pick first – Nick Bosa and Kyler Murray.
Bosa, who is rated as the best player in the draft by many experts, is a defensive end out of Ohio State.
He makes a lot of sense to go first for many reasons.
First, he is a defensive end and that is one position that the Cardinals need to upgrade from last season.
Last season, Arizona was the worst team in the NFL against the run – something that Bosa specializes in.
His biggest knock by scouts is his pass-rush ability.
However, the Cardinals were a top-10 team in sacks last season, so Bosa could learn from elite pass rushers on the Cardinals roster, including Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs.
Bosa’s family history will also bode well for him. His older brother Joey plays for the Los Angeles Chargers and is one of the best defensive players in the NFL. If he is just half of what his older brother is, he will have a good NFL career.
But what about Murray?
The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner had one of the best seasons in recent memory last year at Oklahoma.
However, quarterback isn’t really a team need for the Cardinals as they just drafted Josh Rosen in the first round last year.
But Rosen was less than impressive last season, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns and winning just three games.
On top of that, the Cardinals just hired Kliff Kingsbury as their new head coach this offseason, and Murray fits his offensive scheme perfectly.
Murray not only has one of the biggest arms in the draft, but also one of the most accurate, too – not to mention, he is a freak athlete and was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s.
The biggest problem with Murray is his size. He is significantly undersized as a quarterback, standing at five feet, 10 inches.
This is a whopping three inches shorter than 2018’s first overall pick, Baker Mayfield, who also was considered undersized.
Like Bosa, Murray also has a very high ceiling for potential, but his chance of being a bust is much higher.
So what should the Cardinals do?
Throw a hail mary.
Sure, Murray is a much riskier pick, but you don’t come across talent like his every day.
If Murray pans out, he could be one of the best players in the NFL with his dual-threat ability.
But if Bosa pans out, odds are he won’t be one of the best players in the NFL, but he will be a solid pro.
Bosa is the safer choice, but the reward is much lower.
The Cardinals, who were the worst team in football last season, don’t have time to be making the safe pick. They need to get risky and select their quarterback for the foreseeable future.
It will be very interesting to see what route the Cardinals take with the first pick.
One thing is for sure – whatever direction they decide to go, they can’t go wrong between Bosa and Murray.