Published On: Wed, Apr 24th, 2019

Kyler Murray or Josh Rosen: Cardinals coach Kingsbury gives verdict on NFL draft dilemma | NFL | Sport


The Cardinals currently hold the No 1 overall pick for Thursday’s Draft and many have tipped them to take with their first selection.

However, Arizona already have a first round pick quarterback on their roster, in the form of , who they took as the 10th overall pick in last year’s draft.

Speaking after having held the first day of Arizona’s voluntary training camp, Kingsbury was full of praise for the quarterback currently on his roster.

“I think Josh has done everything humanly possible to show what type of quarterback he is, what type of competitor he is,” Kingsbury said.

“I’ve said it all along.

“I couldn’t be more impressed with his approach and he is a great player.

“He is a top 10 pick for a reason.

“You see it out there, how cerebral he is, how quickly he has picked up our system.

“Was really impressed with his execution today.”

Arizona struggled last season with Rosen, who was in his rookie year, leading the team to a 3-13 record that put them bottom of the NFC West – which is why they have the first pick in the draft.

However, poor management saw heads roll as the organisation parted ways with its offensive coordinator and head coach by the end of last year.

Last season the 22-year-old quarterback had 2,278 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a passer rating of 66.7.

The Cardinals also struggled to protect Rosen, as he was sacked 45 times for 320 yards.

However, Kingsbury, the newly-appointed head coach, admitted he has enjoyed working with the former UCLA quarterback since he has arrived.

“I just think there is a miss conception about him,” Kingsbury said.

“He is very confident in himself. He’s very smart and I think people may mistake that as arrogance sometimes.

“He’s a confident young man, he asks the right questions and he’s very cerebral and he works at it.

“I’ve enjoyed working wth him.”

Kingsbury refused to comment on what had been said between the pair regarding Murray.

“We’ll keep all of that stuff in house,” the coach said.

“I am just going to keep going back to the way [Rosen] has handled it, so far as professionalism.

“The way he has led, showed up early, did everything to the nth degree we have asked of him, and that is the sign of a true pro.”

The 39-year-old coach insisted the organisation had yet to decide who they were going to select first.

“We are still working through it,” Kingsbury said.

“It’s a process.

“I wouldn’t say the hay is in the barn.”

Kingsbury and Murray have previously worked together when the pair were at Texas A&M and the quarterback admitted he had a “great relationship” with the former college offensive coordinator.

And Kingsbury didn’t hold back when he expressed his admiration for the current Heisman trophy winner.

“He’s a tremendous talent,” Kingsbury said about Murray.

The coach wouldn’t reveal whether or not the Cardinals are going to take the former Oklahoma quarterback, but he is confident Murray will be in the NFL next season.

“He is going to be an NFL quarterback,” Kingsbury added.

“There is always a steep learning curve for those young guys.

“We’ll see how the draft goes for him.”

The 2019 NFL Draft takes place on Thursday evening in Nashville, Tennessee.



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