NFL rumors: Kyler Murray to Cardinals with No. 1 draft pick 'done deal'

NFL rumors: Kyler Murray to Cardinals with No. 1 draft pick 'done deal'

You have to take any rumor emanating from the NFL Scouting Combine with several large grains of salt, but one making the rounds Sunday night could have a tremendous impact on both the 49ers and the Raiders if proven to be true.

According to NFL draft analyst Tony Pauline, new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has been vocalizing his intentions for the first overall pick.

"Adding fuel to the (Kyler) Murray fire, Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury was telling people last night that it’s a 'done deal' the Cardinals will select the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback with the first pick of the draft," Pauline wrote. "Whether or not Kingsbury has the final say on the choice remains to be seen, but stay tuned."

The Cardinals, 49ers and Raiders hold the first, second and fourth selections in the draft, respectively, so if Arizona already has determined it intends to take Murray No. 1, that would drastically impact both Bay Area teams.

For one, it essentially would give San Francisco full control of the draft board and its pick of any player not named Murray in a draft loaded with impact defensive prospects.

From a Raiders perspective, Arizona predetermining its pick of Murray would eliminate one more piece of mystery as Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock develop their strategy for the first of their three first-round selections.

Additionally, if Murray goes first overall to the Cardinals, that would put both the 49ers and the Raiders in prime position to trade back for a massive haul from a QB-needy team.

Both San Francisco and Oakland already have their respective franchise quarterbacks in Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr, so Murray likely is not in consideration for either team. As such, Murray going first overall likely would be a major positive for both Bay Area franchises.

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Still, though, where's the salt?

Among the most obvious reasons why one might doubt the sincerity of this rumor, the fact the Cardinals used their first-round pick last season on quarterback Josh Rosen has to be near the top of the list. Additionally, making their intentions known to the public this far in advance of the draft only would seem to worsen their negotiating position.

So, it's probably not true.

But if it is?

Both the 49ers and the Raiders should be smiling.

Former 49ers general manager Terry Donahue diagnosed with cancer


Former 49ers general manager Terry Donahue diagnosed with cancer

Former 49ers general manager Terry Donahue, best remembered for his successful 20-year run as UCLA's coach, underwent surgery last week for cancer and will begin chemotherapy in the near future.

Donahue, 74, was recently diagnosed with cancer, UCLA announced in a statement. Donahue was released from UCSD's Jacobs Medical Center on Tuesday, four days after undergoing surgery.

UCLA did not disclose the type of cancer that Donahue is battling. He will begin chemotherapy after recovering from surgery, the school announced. The Donahue family has requested privacy during this time.

In 20 seasons as UCLA’s head coach, beginning in 1976, Donahue’s teams amassed a record of 151-74-8 for a winning percentage of .665. Donahue was a two-time conference coach of the year and holds the record for career conference wins with 98. His 151 wins are the most in UCLA history.

In 1999, then-49ers general manager Bill Walsh hired Donahue to serve as director of player personnel. Donahue replaced Walsh as general manager in 2001. He served four seasons in that role.

The 49ers made the playoffs in Donahue’s first two years as general manager under coach Steve Mariucci. But after a power struggle, Mariucci was fired and Donahue hired Dennis Erickson as coach. The 49ers went 7-9 in 2003 and 2-14 in ’04, leading to the firings of both Donahue and Erickson.

How 49ers QB Nick Mullens, teammates spent day as Google 'interns'


How 49ers QB Nick Mullens, teammates spent day as Google 'interns'

You remember the movie. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson arrive on the Google campus as the most mature interns in the movie impeccably titled "The Internship."

49ers quarterback Nick Mullens found himself in a similar scenario and described what it was like to have that title for the day in a first-person blog. 

The signal-caller began his essay by discussing how sports has been all he's known throughout his childhood. So when he received a text from his player engagement director to visit Google, he, and other members of the team "signed up right away."

"Our player engagement program gives us all the resources we might need for life outside of football," Mullens wrote in Google blog. "They take rookies through a series of classes and talk about just the adjustment into the NFL. There are so many new things that you have to learn: dealing with money, dealing with family, dealing with fame, dealing with stress. Recently we realized, hey, we’re in the Bay Area around all these big companies, so why not learn something great -- from Google?"

Google greeted the team with a welcome sign and "this cool light-up floor," followed by a YouTube presentation that demonstrated how the entire generation is changing and how social media impacts fans and people around the world.

"I mean, shoot, I view myself as a regular dude, but I learned there are people out there who would love to see what I and other professional athletes do on a daily basis."

Despite everything that happened during his "internship," the 24-year-old did have the highlight of the day -- and it, of course, had to do with football.

"But my favorite part of the day was hearing from Chase Williams, a former football player, and Googler," Mullens noted. "It was really cool to see an athlete make their way into the tech industry and to be successful after football."

It made Mullens think: What happens after football?

"The biggest struggle when leaving the NFL is that you’ve surrounded yourself with this game your entire life, doing the exact same thing over and over. When it’s over, what are you going to enjoy working on? What will you love more than the sport? What else will we be good at? During Chase’s presentation one of my teammates asked the question, 'I’ve been playing in the NFL for so long, what skills do I have for the workforce? I’ve just been playing football!'”

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The talk made Mullens realize he, and other players, have been developing these lessons after football all along.

But the question remains -- is Nick Mullens "Googley" enough?