NFL draft: Kyler Murray snapped up by Cardinals in first pick
Arizona pick quarterback in first-round for second year in row
Kyler Murray of Oklahoma with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being announced as the first pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images
Kyler Murray has become the first man to be selected in the first round of both the National Football League and Major League Baseball drafts.
He was chosen as the number one overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
Last year, the Oakland Athletics made Murray the ninth overall pick in the MLB draft, hoping to persuade the two-sport star his future was as a shortstop, but Murray declared for the NFL draft in January.
Murray excelled at both sports, and though he has relatively little experience in football, playing only one season as the starting quarterback at Oklahoma, he won the Heisman Trophy as the best player in college football.
His combination of speed and arm strength make him a potential franchise quarterback, though his undersized frame and particular style will require a team to build an offence around him rather than expect him to slot into an existing set-up.
Most had expected the Cardinals to take a quarterback for the second successive year in the first round and Murray tweeted to say it had been an “amazing night”.
“Can’t wait to join my AZCardinals teammates and get started,” he added.
The San Francisco 49ers selected defensive end Nick Bosa with the second overall pick.
Bosa, the younger brother of Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey, boasts the ideal combination of power and length, and is versatile enough to play in any defensive set.
Though he missed the bulk of the 2018 season through injury, he was widely considered the top defensive prospect in this year’s class.
The New York Jets picked at number three and chose defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.
A national champion in 2017, Williams has the skill set to be an immediate starter in the NFL, having recorded eight sacks and 19.5 tackles for a loss last season.
The Oakland Raiders, with three first-round picks, chose defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell, of Clemson, with the number four overall pick, while the Denver Broncos executed the first trade of the night with the Pittsburgh Steelers when they jumped up to 10th to land Michigan linebacker Devin Bush.
NFL draft 2019 – first-round picks
1) Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
2) Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco 49ers
3) Quinnen Williams, DT, New York Jets
4) Clelin Ferrell, DE, Oakland Raiders
5) Devin White, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6) Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
7) Josh Allen, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars
8) TJ Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions
9) Ed Oliver, DT, Buffalo Bills
10) Devin Bush, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver)
11) Jonah Williams, OT, Cincinnati Bengals
12) Rashan Gary, DE, Green Bay Packers
13) Christian Wilkins, DT, Miami Dolphins
14) Chris Lindstrom, G, Atlanta Falcons
15) Dwayne Haskins, QB, Washington
16) Brian Burns, LB, Carolina Panthers
17) Dexter Lawrence, DT, New York Giants (from Cleveland)
18) Garrett Bradbury, C, Minnesota Vikings
19) Jeffery Simmons, DT, Tennessee Titans
20) Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh)
21) Darnell Savage, S, Green Bay Packers (from Seattle)
22) Andre Dillard, OT, Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore)
23) Tytus Howard, OT, Houston Texans
24) Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders (from Chicago)
25) Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia)
26) Montez Sweat, DE, Washington (from Indianapolis)
27) Johnathan Abram, S, Oakland Raiders (from Dallas)
28) Jerry Tillery, DT, Los Angeles Chargers
29) LJ Collier, DE, Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City)
30) Deandre Baker, CB, New York Giants (from New Orleans via Seattle and Green Bay)
31) Kaleb McGary, OT, Atlanta Falcons (from Los Angeles Rams)
32) N’Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots