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.
Cardinals traded a 2020 fifth-round pick and QB Josh Rosen to Miami for the 62nd overall pick. With that pick, the Cardinals are selecting WR Andy Isabella.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2019
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.
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.