Kyler Murray

Report: Cards backing off Murray as No. 1 pick; sticking with Rosen?

Report: Cards backing off Murray as No. 1 pick; sticking with Rosen?

The Arizona Cardinals are backing off their plan to select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft this Thursday, according to Pete Prisco of CBS Sports.

That could mean the Cards are sticking with Josh Rosen as their QB. The Patriots had been rumored this offseason to be interested in acquiring Rosen, a first-round pick in 2018 out of UCLA, as a backup to Tom Brady.

Here's Prisco's assessment, via CBS Sports HQ: 

Initially, the ownership pushed for Kyler Murray. That much I know, I was told that. The reason they did is they are having a hard time selling tickets. Well, they put it out there. Arizona was lukewarm to it. All of a sudden, they are pulling back and from what I've been told, they are going to go in a different direction. They are not going to draft Kyler Murray.

Prisco now has Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams going No. 1 to Arizona in his mock draft and Murray going No. 4 to the Oakland Raiders. The Patriots? Prisco sees them taking Ohio State receiver Parris Campbell at No. 32 overall 

The Pats' interest in Rosen, meanwhile, has been characterized as a long shot by NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry and something we shouldn't be holding our breath over by our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran.

Perry, by the way, still has the Cards sticking with Murray as the top pick and the Patriots trading out of the first round. Click here for more. 

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Phil Perry's Mock Draft 5.0: Patriots wheel and deal with future in mind

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Phil Perry's Mock Draft 5.0: Patriots wheel and deal with future in mind

The Patriots trade up more often than you think. They've made 21 draft-day trades to better their position during Bill Belichick's tenure, including four trades up in the first round. (We had the Patriots trading up in our last mock draft to nab Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson at No. 21 overall.)

But Belichick and Nick Caserio are no strangers to trading down, either. Belichick has made 24 draft-day trades to wiggle down the board and pick up additional assets since 2000. The number of times he's traded down from his place in the first round? Four. And in this mock draft, that's exactly what we'll have him doing once again. 

Why? The talent in this draft class from the middle of the first round through the bulk of the second round, from what I've been told, is relatively similar. Why choose at No. 32 if the caliber of player at No. 43 won't be all that different? Plus, the pick the Patriots will add for 2020 could help them land the heir to Tom Brady.

Patriots scouts watch Kyler Murray, others at Oklahoma pro day

Patriots scouts watch Kyler Murray, others at Oklahoma pro day

As the countdown to the NFL's new year ticks on, the New England Patriots are hot on the scouting trail.

The Patriots had multiple scouts present at Oklahoma's pro day to watch Kyler Murray and other Sooners stars, NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry confirmed Wednesday.

Murray, who didn't throw at the NFL Scouting Combine, completed a throwing session Wednesday in Norman in front of a gaggle of scouts. He also weighed in at 205 pounds but didn't have his height checked, a notable development amid conspiracy theories that his 5-foot-10 measurement at the combine was "inflated."

The Heisman Trophy winner probably won't fall to the Patriots at No. 32 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft -- some believe he may go first overall to Kliff Kingsbury's Arizona Cardinals -- but New England may be in the market for a quarterback as Tom Brady enters his 20th NFL season.

Murray wasn't the only Sooner the Patriots came to watch, though. Other potential NFL prospects out of Oklahoma who worked out Wednesday include wide receiver Marquise Brown, running back Rodney Anderson and offensive tackle Cody Ford.

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