While it certainly seemed to be headed this way for a while now, dynamic-if-undersized Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, who had been a first-round draft pick of baseball's Oakland A's (and received a $4 million bonus for it, which he will basically give up), has officially chosen to forego baseball for now and put all his time and effort into playing in the NFL.
Originally, the talk was that Murray might not be a first-round pick. But that narrative has changed (albeit pre-Scouting combine) and most think Murray will indeed be a first-round pick. Many now think he could end up being top 10 -- hence the decision to leave baseball behind. The dearth of high-level quarterback candidates in this draft doesn't hurt Murray for sure, and now, we'll have to see how this could impact the Cardinals -- picking no. 1 overall -- if at all.
As of now, no team in the top five is expected to go after a QB (although you never know.) Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins has been regarded as the top quarterback, and that may ultimately remain the case. But perhaps Murray can slip in, a beneficiary of not only his athletic skills but also the success in the recent past of Russell Wilson and Baker Mayfield -- shorter QBs who have proven themselves on the NFL level.
Because so few teams at the top of the draft need a QB, the Cardinals may ultimately be untouched by all this. Even if a team wants to trade up for a QB, they may not need to pay the freight needed to get to No. 1, instead targeting a lower pick in the top 5. But there is little question Murray has a chance to create a little havoc on draft's Thursday night, and where he might land will be one of the draft's central storylines over the next few months.