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Kyler Murray Pick Aftermath, And On To The Top Of Round Two

On to Day Two.

-- First, after some (but not enough) sleep, a couple of thoughts on the Kyler Murray selection. I understand it has played to mixed reviews from the fans. In the end, it was about what I've talked about for many weeks after this became a possibility. In doing their scouting, the Cardinals decided Murray could be a superstar, one they couldn't afford to pass upon even with Josh Rosen already in place. We will see how it plays out. The reality is that whatever quarterback Keim chose was probably going to determine his future. This is what he and the Cards decided. If Murray is a star, everyone -- including the fans -- will be happy.

-- As for Rosen, he's been excellent through all this. It's not a great situation for him, and no one will blame him for being upset. Again, you see how this will play out. I get those that say Rosen didn't get a fair shake given all the issues around this team during his rookie year. I actually agree with that sentiment. But I also don't think that was a factor when it came to taking Murray. The Murray pick was made regardless of the current QB room, and if you are truly trying to measure whether a QB is "that" guy, I think that's how you have to approach it.

-- The Patriots taking N'Keal Harry with the final pick of the first round -- one spot ahead of the Cardinals -- was a nasty blow to a lot of Cards' fans who wanted to see the ASU star stay home. As a Sun Devil myself, I would've loved for Harry to be in Arizona. But no, I wouldn't have tried to trade up. One, we don't know where the Cards had Harry on their board. He very well could've been the pick, but maybe not, considering who is still available.

-- Speaking of who is available, there are a bunch of guys I have seen go in multiple first-round mocks over the past couple of months who are still there. I think wide receiver, offensive line or cornerback makes the most sense with pick No. 33 (the Cards also have the first pick of the third round tonight). Receivers A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and Parris Campbell are out there. Tackles Jawaan Taylor and Dalton Risner along with guard Cody Ford are available. Cornerbacks Greedy Williams and Byron Murphy -- like Harry, a local kid -- are still waiting to be picked too.

Who knows? The Cards could trade down a couple spots as well, add an extra pick, and still get one of those guys.

Byron Murphy at combine 2019