Why Todd McShay thinks Cardinals want 49ers to trade for No. 1 NFL draft pick

Why Todd McShay thinks Cardinals want 49ers to trade for No. 1 NFL draft pick

The 2019 NFL Draft is fewer than 24 hours away, and the game is afoot.

After months of "will they or won't they" "they will" speculation surrounding their interest in Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray, a recent report indicated the Arizona Cardinals might not draft the QB with the No. 1 overall pick after all. That did not pass ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay's sniff test, and he told Ryen Russillo that the latest rumor merely is a ruse.

"Part of the reason all these things are leaking, if it turns out Arizona just stays home and takes Kyler, I think the reason they’re leaking is that Arizona is trying to get (the 49ers) to move up to just get an extra pick to move back a spot to take Kyler,” McShay said on "The Rusillo Show" podcast (H/T Niners Wire).

If this is the Cardinals' plan, they'd be pulling a page from ... well, the team they are trying to take advantage of.

Back in 2017 -- the first draft with general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan in the fold -- the 49ers traded back from the No. 2 spot to No. 3, getting two 2017 selections (Nos. 67 and 111 overall) and one in 2018 (No. 70) from the Chicago Bears. McShay speculated that Arizona isn't looking for the same haul, but if one team knows what a team's real intention of trading back a spot is, it's the 49ers.

San Francisco was not going to draft QB Mitchell Trubisky, and took advantage of Chicago's eagerness to make him the franchise signal-caller. If the Cardinals truly want Murray and are just trying to replicate that strategy, it's hard to imagine them finding their NFC West rivals to be willing partners -- especially considering how many elite defensive players the 49ers have met with in the pre-draft process.

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Nick Bosa is the best edge-rushing prospect, but Josh Allen isn't far off and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is considered by some to be the best player available. Thus, the 49ers don't need to select at No. 1 in order to draft an impact player. That might not have been the case if they wanted a quarterback, considering what trades for prospects like Carson Wentz and Jared Goff fetched within the last few seasons.

For all intents and purposes, the Cardinals are assumed by many to be the team who want a quarterback -- specifically Murray. If they pick him at No. 1, they'll likely have to settle for having their cake rather than eating it, too.

Watch 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play from memory


Watch 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play from memory

If you're like me, you can't remember anything. This is the part where I say, "I can barely remember what I had for breakfast," but you caught me on a good day.

Toast with butter and strawberry jelly, and scrambled eggs -- with ketchup, because I'm weird. 

So when it comes to remembering an entire football play  ... well, that's why some of us play the sport -- and others just watch it.

Listen to 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play:

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has to memorize these types of plays, which is insane. Then has to relay the information to the huddle -- yeah I know, you know football. I'm just trying to remind you of the steps. But at least Jimmy G gets to repeat the play at least one additional time, right?

That should be enough. 

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I asked five-year veteran quarterback Sean Salisbury about the longest play he had to memorize in his NFL career.

"Explode to double right, Zoom, Scat right 585 Dodge, X Post check with me 60 outside. Double cadence on 2," Salisbury told NBC Sports Bay Area. "That’s one."

So Shanahan isn't the only "wizard" in this scenario -- or any of the scenarios. 

Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting


Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting

Chip Kelly knows the type of person Keanon Lowe is. It's why Kelly recruited Lowe as a football player at the University of Oregon, and years later had him on his staffs with the Eagles and 49ers as an assistant.

When Lowe prevented a school shooting Friday at Parkrose High in Portland, Ore., Kelly wasn't surprised at all. In fact, what the now-UCLA coach wanted to know was Lowe's form in going from a former receiver to a defensive player in a heroic act.

“I wanted to know his [tackling] technique,” Kelly said Saturday to Scott Osler of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He told me it was like when he was on kickoff coverage, it really didn’t matter how you tackled 'em as long as you got 'em to the ground.”

Lowe now is the head football coach and security guard at Parkrose. The school was on a 23-game losing streak when he arrived, and Kelly isn't surprised Lowe would step into a situation so far from the NFL.

"He’s just a special person that’s always wanting to help and serve," Kelly said. "He’s the type of kid you just want to be around him. He’s a special young man, and I think everybody is fortunate he was where he was yesterday afternoon.”

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Lowe played two seasons under Kelly at Oregon. He made 18 tackles on special teams between his freshman and sophomore years.