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Cardinals star Kyler Murray locked in on crew’s No. 4 decide in NFL Draft: ‘I do know who I need’

Cardinals star Kyler Murray locked in on crew’s No. 4 decide in NFL Draft: ‘I do know who I need’


Kyler Murray, the star quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals, could not be extra targeted on the 2024 NFL Draft. 

“I don’t know if there’s one other quarterback within the league extra locked in than me,” he informed Fox Information Digital Monday, three days earlier than the primary spherical of this yr’s extremely anticipated draft begins in Detroit. 

Every year, Murray research the completely different defenders, offensive linemen and different high prospects popping out of faculty. It is not just for the love of the sport, however as a result of he is aware of how essential every decide is to a franchise.

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Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals seems to move in the course of the first quarter in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Monetary Discipline Dec. 31, 2023, in Philadelphia. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Photos)

As Murray put it, “In three days, we get higher.” That is the mindset for a Cardinals crew that went 4-13 in head coach Jonathan Gannon’s inaugural season, particularly in relation to their No. 4 total choice. In addition they personal the No. 27 decide within the first spherical, nevertheless it’s particularly very important for a top-five decide within the draft to pan out, regardless of the place. 

With the primary three picks within the draft by the Chicago Bears, Washington Commanders and New England Patriots all anticipated to be quarterbacks, many evaluators counsel Cardinals can be taking the primary receiver off the board to pair with Murray. 

Murray let the entrance workplace know his ideas on what he’d wish to see performed with the No. 4 decide, simply as he has up to now. 

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“I’ve put my foot on the desk for a pair guys up to now. It didn’t work out,” mentioned Murray, who partnered with Recuperate 180, a brand new, all-organic sports activities drink. “Clearly, issues occur. It’s what it’s, and we transfer on. 

“However I acquired full religion within the guys upstairs. It’s a brand new regime. Final yr, they did a hell of a job. This yr, clearly, with me being out and simply the tradition shift and the way in which I noticed the fellows purchase in, it’s been an entire 180 for us. I’m simply excited. I do know [GM] Monti [Ossenfort] and JG [Jonathan Gannon] are on the identical web page, and I do know any resolution they make goes to be the most effective resolution for the crew. 

“Clearly, that’s the company reply, however I do know who I need. We’ll see if it occurs.”

Whereas Murray did not give a reputation or place, he laughed when Fox Information Digital implied the participant he needs to be drafted may have sticky arms on the sector. The Cardinals would profit by including a high huge receiver to their roster. 

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Rondale Moore, two of Murray’s high targets when he returned to the sector halfway via the 2023 season, are not with the crew. Brown joined the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in free company, whereas Moore was traded to the Atlanta Falcons for Murray’s new backup, Desmond Ridder. 

Kyler Murray throws pass

Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals makes an attempt a move in the course of the second half in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium Nov. 26, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. (Christian Petersen/Getty Photos)

The Cardinals favored what they noticed from rookie receiver Michael Wilson final season (58 receptions, 565 yards, three touchdowns), and tight finish Trey McBride took a giant leap in yr two, main the crew in catches (81) and yards (825). 

However Murray has proven strong play with a real No. 1 huge receiver he is constructed chemistry with. DeAndre Hopkins completed with 1,407 receiving yards in Murray’s first yr with the Cardinals in 2020. Murray focused Hopkins 160 instances. Their connection was deadly earlier than Hopkins moved on to the Tennessee Titans. 

Murray additionally had Christian Kirk as his main receiver in the course of the 2021 marketing campaign, which led to the quarterback’s solely journey to the postseason with Arizona since he was taken first total within the 2019 NFL Draft. Kirk joined the Jacksonville Jaguars in free company after that season. 

With the Cardinals dedicated to Murray as their franchise man, teaming him up with a younger wideout like Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr., LSU’s Malik Nabers or Washington’s Rome Odunze with the No. 4 decide would make sense. 

Kyler Murray looks on field

Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals on the sideline earlier than a recreation in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium Nov. 26, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. (Ryan Kang/Getty Photos)

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Murray can be within the Cardinals’ constructing Thursday as he continues offseason exercises. He’ll be current to see what goes down when the Cardinals are on the clock, and he definitely hopes he will get his man. 

Whoever that could be. 

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