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How Cardinals drafting Kyler Murray, trade of Josh Rosen impacts 49ers

How Cardinals drafting Kyler Murray, trade of Josh Rosen impacts 49ers

With the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals did what many expected and took Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. 

A little over 24 hours later, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Cardinals have agreed to trade quarterback Josh Rosen -- the No. 10 overall pick in last year's draft -- to the Miami Dolphins.

With Rosen in South Beach, it closes the chapter on what has been an odd saga in the desert and gives each team in the NFC West a young, talented quarterback.

With Murray slated to run new coach Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense, the 49ers' revamped pass rush -- buoyed even further by the selection of Nick Bosa at No. 2 overall -- must be at its best when it faces the mobile gunslinger twice per year.

While Murray's mobility will help him extend plays and likely make the Cardinals' offense more dangerous, it also could be a detriment to him, at least in the beginning.

That’s because young, mobile quarterbacks tend to take a lot of sacks early in their NFL careers.

Michael Vick was sacked 33 times in his first full season as a starter. Cam Newton was taken down 35 times. Marcus Mariota hit the turf 38 times.

Russell Wilson also takes a ton of sacks -- 51 times last season -- but that’s also a product of the porous offensive line the Seahawks have put in front of their star quarterback.

That also is a problem Murray will have to deal with in Arizona.

The Cardinals allowed 52 sacks in 2018, and have done very little to help bolster the unit to this point. Arizona also is short on playmakers -- outside of running back David Johnson and aging wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald -- so Murray will be relied upon to make plays with his legs more often than Kingsbury would like. 

All this is to say, the Cardinals appear to have drafted a quarterback with a ton of upside, who could end up tormenting the division for years to come. But Murray also comes with significant risk, both in his playing style and the lack of talent around him.

Murray didn't take a lot of hits at Oklahoma, but the NFL is a different animal. He won't be able to shake and bake his way around the NFC West.

At least, he shouldn't be able to.

The 49ers' pass rush, with the additions of Bosa and Dee Ford, could be able to make life difficult on Murray, at least until the Cardinals build up their line and get him some weapons. 

On the flip side, Murray has all the tools to be a transcendent NFL talent. As the league moves further toward wide-open offenses and pass-happy attacks, Murray -- along with Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield -- could become one of the league’s faces as it moves into the post-Tom Brady era (one day).

Giving up Rosen for less than 100 cents on the dollar is something that was unavoidable once Murray walked across the stage and shook Roger Goodell's hand. The UCLA product went 2-0 last season against the 49ers and clearly has talent. But he struggled mightily for the majority of his rookie season, and he wasn't Kingsbury’s guy.

Rosen could be successful in Miami, but he's the AFC East's problem now.

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The 49ers now must focus on facing a possible generational talent and brilliant offensive mind twice per season for the foreseeable future. San Francisco could have its way with the duo early in their tenures, but that could change in a year or two.

With Murray cemented as the starter, there no longer are any easy outs in the NFC West. If Murray is given time to develop and has a roster built around him, he quickly could become an issue for a 49ers team that has dreams of contending for a Super Bowl in the near future.

That road might have just gotten tougher.

Best of luck.

NFL Draft 2019: Biggest winners, losers from Round 1 full of surprises

NFL Draft 2019: Biggest winners, losers from Round 1 full of surprises

The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, and it didn't take long for it to create quite a stir.

Kyler Murray went No. 1 overall to the Cardinals as expected. Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams followed to the 49ers and Jets, respectively.

And that's when things started getting a little wonky.

With all 32 first-round picks now completed, here's a look at the three biggest winners and losers from the first day of the draft:



The Jets reportedly had interest in trading down, but stayed at No. 3, and had arguably the best player in the entire draft fall into their laps. Quinnen Williams will be a plug-and-play staple on their defensive line, and he sure looks like a perennial All-Pro. Sometimes the best move is the one you don't make.


Speaking of benefitting from inaction, Washington got its quarterback and didn't have to give up anything for him. Washington had been rumored to be interested in trading for a QB, but with Dwayne Haskins falling to their pick at No. 15, that will no longer be happening. Haskins was widely regarded as the second-best signal caller in the draft. If he's able to wrangle the starting job, the Ohio State product could be the odds-on favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Additionally, trading into the end of the first round to select speed rusher Montez Sweat (who ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the combine but dropped due to reported health concerns) at No. 26 was well worth the risk.

Teams that need wide receivers and defensive backs

The draft is quite deep in both positions, and considering how pass-happy the league has become, it was a bit of a surprise to see only two receivers and only three defensive backs (two of which were safeties) go in the first round. Former Ole Miss receivers A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf didn't hear their names called, nor did cornerbacks Greedy Williams, Byron Murphy, and Rock Ya-Sin.

Expect several of those names to go early in the second round on Day 2, where the 49ers or Raiders could be ready to pounce.


New York Giants

Last year, the Giants passed on QBs Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen and drafted a running back second overall. Even with Saquon Barkley's Offensive Rookie of the Year performance, New York won only five games with eroding statue Eli Manning behind center, and that appears to be the plan yet again. Daniel Jones played under David Cutcliffe at Duke, and there's no doubt Cutcliffe's cozy relationship with the Manning family had plenty to do with the Giants selecting Jones with the No. 6 pick.

It seemed like a reach at the time, particularly with Haskins still on the board and the Giants also holding the No. 17 overall selection. Given how atrocious Manning was last season, it might not be long until Jones is thrown into the fire.

A prediction? It won't look pretty, and New York will be drafting in the top-six again a year from now.

Oakland Raiders

Mike Mayock should send Giants GM David Gettleman a gift basket. The stink of the Giants' reach for Jones drowned out the groans of Raiders fans dumbfounded by Oakland's selection of defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 overall pick. Ferrell is a quality player and certainly a first-round talent, but top-five is quite a stretch. Mayock himself thought Ferrell would be a trade-down possibility, and yet, with superior pass rushers like Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, and Rashan Gary still on the board, the Raiders stood pat and took Ferrell. 

It's possible there were no trade offers to Oakland's liking, but their failure to find one may say more about Mayock's relative inexperience in his new position and doesn't exactly inspire a ton of confidence in an extremely important draft for him and Jon Gruden.

That said, Josh Jacobs looks like a fitting replacement for Marshawn Lynch, and Johnathan Abram sure can lay the wood.

Josh Rosen, Kyler Murray and the Cardinals 

Rosen, the same guy who has had five different offensive coordinators in four years (since his freshman year at UCLA), got one season behind the worst offensive line in football before his franchise gave up on him. Thus is life in the NFL.

After spending the No. 10 overall pick on Rosen a year ago, new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury selected Murray No. 1 overall Thursday, and it's hard to imagine a scenario where all of this works out well for Arizona.

If the Cardinals keep Rosen, the dynamic in that quarterback room will be interesting, to say the least. If the Cardinals trade Rosen, they'll likely get pennies on the dollar in return. Nearly every team that entered the draft with a lingering quarterback need (New York, Washington) drafted one, and the one that didn't (Miami) doesn't seem like a fit to offer the kind of return Arizona is holding out for.

If the Cardinals were so sure about Murray being their quarterback of the future, they would have been much better off dealing Rosen before the market dried up.

NFL rumors: Giants, Dolphins most active in Josh Rosen trade talks

NFL rumors: Giants, Dolphins most active in Josh Rosen trade talks

If the Cardinals do indeed turn to quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to run Kliff Kingsbury's offense, it would presumably put an end to Josh Rosen's career in Arizona.

So, who makes sense as a trade partner for the Cardinals and their current quarterback? With the draft only a few days away, ESPN's Todd McShay has heard two teams have surfaced the most in trade discussions: the Giants and Dolphins. 

The Giants could have chosen Rosen with the No. 2 pick in the draft last year but opted for running back Saquon Barkley. In this scenario, however, they could have a young nucleus of Rosen and Barkley on offense while possibly having Eli Manning for one last season under center. 

Miami is an interesting case as well. The Dolphins signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick on a two-year contract this offseason, though he's much more of a career backup. Rosen could learn from Fitzpatrick and then take over the offense.

The Dolphins could also be targeting a quarterback in next year's draft like Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon's Justin Herbert. 

There's also the chance that the Cardinals simply hold onto Rosen, and select a top defensive prospect like Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams with the No. 1 pick. Arizona has received "trade feelers" for the No. 1 pick, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported on Monday, and the team will meet in the next day or so to finalize plans going into Thursday's draft. 

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The price for the 49ers' No. 2 pick would certainly go up if the Cardinals passed on Murray. San Francisco could then move back in the draft and net two first-round picks this year

Even if the 49ers move back from No. 2, they could find the pass rusher and offensive weapon for Jimmy Garoppolo they desire.

While the 49ers are set at quarterback, their whole draft will be affected by what the Cardinals decide to do with their QB.

We shall see ...