General Manager Steve Keim upgraded several areas of the roster in free agency, but there is still work to be done. The Cardinals have 10 picks in this month’s draft, including No. 1 overall, as Keim aims to stock the roster for new coach Kliff Kingsbury. We will take a look at each position group heading into the draft, which will be held from April 25-27.
Draft primer: Quarterback
Players under contract: Josh Rosen, Brett Hundley, Charles Kanoff.
The Cardinals’ situation: Rosen was chosen with the No. 10 overall pick last year and is under contract for the next three seasons at a rate far below veteran starting quarterbacks. Rosen’s rookie season was a challenging one, but between subpar play around him and the difficulties of the position, there is belief he will take a step forward in 2019. Hundley was signed this offseason to be the backup, while Kanoff, a former undrafted free agent, is angling to make the team.
The draft class: While this quarterback class isn’t believed to be as deep as the 2018 group, there is one prospect that can’t escape getting linked to the Cardinals with the No. 1 overall pick: Kyler Murray. The Heisman Trophy winner skipped out on a lucrative professional baseball career to pursue football and is projected to be the first quarterback selected. Murray is a lightning rod of a prospect, as some believe he is a game-changing dual threat, while others worry about his diminutive frame and ability to dissect defenses from the pocket.
The conclusion: While it seems everyone outside the organization has an opinion on Rosen vs. Murray, the Cardinals’ brass has remained coy about its plan for the top pick. The Cardinals have met with Murray and Kingsbury has been complimentary of him, but it’s unknown if the interest is legitimate or a smokescreen. After all, Kingsbury has also spoken highly of Rosen when asked about him. This is the biggest storyline of the offseason as the NFL world waits with bated breath to see who is under center for the Cardinals in 2019.
Images of the top quarterback prospects heading into the April 25-27 NFL draft