Cardinals “have not made a decision on the first overall pick”

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Either Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim is still evaluating the players he might draft with the first overall pick next week, or he wants other teams to think he is.

Keim said today that he does not know who he’ll choose with the first pick, or if he’ll trade the pick.

“We are not done with this process. We have not made a decision on the first overall pick,” Keim said. “There are a number of players in my opinion, and our scouts’ opinion, and our coaching staff’s opinion, that warrant being the first overall selection. Have we received calls about trading for the first pick, or any of our players? Those are the sort of things that I’m going to keep private, or in-house.”

Keim said that he, head coach Kliff Kingsbury and owner Michael Bidwill will all huddle together and decide which player they want. Keim said there’s still time to evaluate, and he’s going to take that time.

45 responses to “Cardinals “have not made a decision on the first overall pick”

  1. Trade out for pick 6 and 17 and keep Rosen. If Rosen is bad, they can grab QB next year when they are not limited to One big risk QB>

  2. Keim pretty much said they’re not going to take a QB. When asked why they would want to move on from Josh Rosen and take another QB Steve Keim said ” I never said I wanted to take another QB” and he sat there and gushed over Josh Rosen for a good 5 minutes. I don’t think they’re taking a QB. He brought up trading the pick several times and it seems like he has a few teams interested in trading up to that #1 spot, I believe Arizona is going to end up trading back and using the compensation they receive for the top pick to build around Josh Rosen. Josh Rosen will be the week 1 QB of the Cardinals in 2019.

  3. I don’t buy the Murray pick , still think it’s Bosa . Niners will receive a kings ransom for the 2nd pick from some desperate QB seeking team like the Dolphins.

  4. Although not an outright lie, the statement cannot be entirely accurate. My guess, Cardinals have completed evaluations(if they haven’t all need to be fired), but they are more likely holding it close.

  5. The obvious reason Keim has to take Murray is because it could buy him time.

    If they take someone else and Rosen sucks next season, Keim is gone after the season.

    If they draft Murray, he’ll probably get at least two years as Murray proves himself.

  6. The NFL front office people aren’t the sharpest knives in the barrel. You have the #1 overall pick and three months to decide who you’re going to select with it. That’s longer than the NBA and MLB off seasons, and on Apr 16 you haven’t decided yet?

    It’s not just the Cardinals almost every team is indecisive like that.

  7. 49ersfury says:
    April 16, 2019 at 3:55 pm
    The NFL front office people aren’t the sharpest knives in the barrel..
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    Wait! Knives now come in barrels?! Good to know before my next Niagara Falls jump!

  8. 49ersfury says:
    April 16, 2019 at 3:55 pm
    The NFL front office people aren’t the sharpest knives in the barrel…
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    Who keeps their knives in a barrel?

  9. I would have those phone lines wide open. Best thing the Cardinals could do is sell that pick for a ransom, keep Rosen and rebuild that team with those picks.

  10. He and cards have to listen to ESPN and the NFL and keep people guessing to draw rating. Pretty sure they know who they want, its not like its decision between players at same position.

  11. ahawkalypse says:
    April 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    Murray will be a bust. Russell Wilson light. Very light.
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    It is extremely ironic you say Murray is going to be a bust because of his size when he’s the same size as Wilson and actually weighed more at the combine than Wilson did back in 2012 while putting together a better season in college than WIlson ever did.

    Kyler Murray is a more gifted version of Russell Wilson entering the league which is why he broke all of Russell Wilson’s FBS Passing records posting the highest QBR of all time among FBS passers posting a 95.5QBR breaking Russell Wilson’s record 95.1 QBR posting the highest passer rating in the nation of 199 and averaged over 300+ passing YDs per game which Wilson never did and threw for more yards, rushed for more yards and threw/rushed for more TDs while putting together a better season than Wilson ever did in College throwing for 4300+YDs 43TDs/7INTs while rushing for over 1000+YDs with 12TDs while winning the Heisman trophy, which again Wilson never did. I hope you enjoy trying to put a team together around Wilson while paying him almost $40M per season, good luck with that. Frank Clark will be the first domino to fall as he will soon be traded leaving SEA with nobody who can rush off the edge.

  12. I think Murray would be a mistake but they’ve handled things so poorly I don’t see how they can stick with Rosen. His main selling point was being a pro-style QB in college but Kingsbury runs Mike Leach’s offense which is anything but pro-style. It’s a square peg/round hole situation. Look at this way: If they WEREN’T taking Murray, how does Kingsbury get hired as coach? That was literally the only even halfway logical reason to hire him.

  13. J Schwindt says:
    April 16, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Trade out for pick 6 and 17 and keep Rosen. If Rosen is bad, they can grab QB next year when they are not limited to One big risk QB>

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    It’s not that easy. Rosen can be bad, the team goes 5-11, and that record won’t get the top 1 or 2 QB’s available.

    It’s either use the 1st overall pick now on one, or if Rosen doesn’t pan out, trade 3 1st round picks for one later (and only if the teams there don’t need a QB).

    Cards have had many bad years and always fell short to be in a position to grab the best QB. This notion that they can just get one next year is a huge fallacy. They are here now. Next year they won’t be, pretty much guaranteed.

  14. What nobody can possibly know about Murray is if he can take a hit. He’ll get hit a lot in the NFL. He rarely even got tackled in his one year as a starter.

  15. hawkkiller says:
    April 16, 2019 at 3:27 pm
    Keim pretty much said they’re not going to take a QB. When asked why they would want to move on from Josh Rosen and take another QB Steve Keim said ” I never said I wanted to take another QB” and he sat there and gushed over Josh Rosen for a good 5 minutes. I don’t think they’re taking a QB. He brought up trading the pick several times and it seems like he has a few teams interested in trading up to that #1 spot, I believe Arizona is going to end up trading back and using the compensation they receive for the top pick to build around Josh Rosen. Josh Rosen will be the week 1 QB of the Cardinals in 2019.
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    #1 — Who cares what Keim said in a press conference?
    Not sure any GM should be believed at this time of year.
    Also, the NFL is believed to have started pressuring teams in recent years to hide their intentions with #1 overall pick to help drive up the ratings of the draft. Since it seems like teams have complied with that, one might think that the owners agreed to this tactic.

    #2 — I have noticed in multiple posts that you are 100% sure that Rosen is the plan.
    I am curious… how will you feel if Murray gets picked #1 by the Cards?

  16. ak185 says:
    April 16, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    I’d have trouble picking between Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams too.
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    Take Bosa. Edge rushers make a much larger impact on a game to game basis. Back in 2011, Elway had to pick between OLB/DE Von Miller and DT Marcell Dareus. He took Miller and the impact was immediate. Miller became a top 10 defensive player and I just had to check where Dareus is playing nowadays.

  17. FinFan68 says:
    April 16, 2019 at 4:22 pm
    49ersfury says:
    April 16, 2019 at 3:55 pm
    The NFL front office people aren’t the sharpest knives in the barrel…
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Who keeps their knives in a barrel?

    25 2 Rate This

    …The first pick will be like shooting monkeys in a drawer !

  18. Murray didn’t visit Washington as planned. So, AZ isn’t going to give the new HC the QB he wants? The HC and GM handled this situation as poorly as a team can.

  19. Keim and the Cards just love the relevance being the first pick gives them. Keep Rosen and you are probably picking number one next year too! Thus, you continue to be relevant. Seems like a great strategy, just feel bad for the Cards fans.

  20. I think he knows who they’ll take if they stay at #1. What I think he is referencing is that he might be starting to get inklings of offers from other teams and those are intriguing enough for him to thing a trade out of #1 might be on the table.

    If you look at Keim’s draft history, he loves trading back to grab more picks. That is likely his preference this year with so many holes to fill (QB not being one of them). But if he doesn’t get his desired asking price, I think he may shock everyone and take Bosa.

  21. Any team that selects a QB in the first round two years in a row is a severely dysfunctional franchise. If what they gave up last year to move up and take Rosen and then take Murray 1st proves the owner and GM are idiots. Although i think that they are idiots for hiring this coach after failing in the college ranks. Poor Larry Fitz being stuck with this crappy team. I hope he has made a lot of money.

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