Kingsbury: Cardinals not planning to draft Murray

Josh Rosen is Kliff Kingsbury's quarterback as the Arizona Cardinals head coach distanced himself from NFL draft prospect Kyler Murray.

After the Cardinals' new coach took the job with Arizona and his team earned the number one pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, people started to wonder if Kingsbury would select quarterback Murray. 

Kingsbury dispelled that notion Tuesday, telling the Cardinals' website: "Josh [Rosen] is our guy."

When Kingsbury first accepted the job in Arizona, a clip started to make the rounds with Kingsbury being very complementary of then-Oklahoma quarterback Murray.

"I'd take him with the first pick in the draft, if I could," Kingsbury said at the time, via KLBK in Lubbock, Texas. "I know he's signed up to play baseball, but he's a dominant football player. I would take him with the first pick."

Murray then began to contemplate going to the NFL instead of playing baseball, one year after he was taken in the first round by the MLB's Oakland Athletics. Projections started placing him in the first round, and in some cases, near the top of the draft.

Questions swirled around Kingsbury as people wondered whether he would take Murray with the top pick, like he said he would if he had the opportunity.

The conversation only escalated on Monday when Murray officially declared he was going to play American football and forgo his contract with the A's.

Rosen went 3-10 as the Cardinals starter last season, completing 55.2 per cent of his passes for 2,278 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

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