With Kyler Murray going No. 1 to the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 NFL Draft, it looks like the Los Angeles Rams have a new threat in the NFC West.
Even though the Los Angeles Rams didn’t have the top overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the NFC champions were still keeping an eye on the Arizona Cardinals to see which player they would end up seeing twice a year.
Turns out, that player is Kyler Murray after the Cardinals decided to make the Oklahoma standout the top overall pick in this year’s draft while making the NFC West a little more interesting in the process.
One year after trading up in the first round to take Josh Rosen, it looks like Arizona believes Murray is the better option in the long run, and it’s easy to see why when looking at his explosive style of play.
Some will criticize the Cardinals for giving up on Rosen after only one season since the former UCLA star was in a difficult position as a rookie with a struggling offense, but as far as the Rams are concerned, all that matters is how this impacts the NFC West.
Between the Seattle Seahawks always looking like a contender along with the San Francisco 49ers hoping to have finally found a quarterback of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo, Los Angeles didn’t consider Arizona that much of a threat within the division.
Now that Murray is going to be part of the picture for years to come, the Rams’ defense is going to have quite the work cut out for them moving forward, that is assuming the rookie lives up to the hype.
In comparison to Rosen, it’s easy to understand the decision by the Cardinals to go with Murray since being just as dangerous with his legs already sets him apart from some of the other starting quarterbacks in the league.
Other than Wilson, the NFC West all of a sudden has some young quarterbacks in Goff, Garoppolo, and Murray that will hopefully continue to get better with experience.
Even if Murray struggles a little bit as a rookie while adjusting to the NFL, it’s the long run that Los Angeles should be worried about since Arizona hopes this turns out to be the kind of move that changes the course of a franchise in the best way possible.