Odds Unmoved Amid Reports Arizona Won’t Draft Murray No. 1
For most of the past few months leading to this week's NFL Draft, it has been assumed that Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray was a lock to be the No. 1 pick by the Arizona Cardinals.
The 2018 Heisman Trophy Winner was magnificent in his one starting season with the Sooners, passing for 4,361 yards and rushing for 1,001. Murray accounted for 54 touchdowns in 14 starts commanding coach Lincoln Riley's offense high-powered offense.
However, just a few days until the NFL Draft, there is suddenly some doubt about if Murray will be the No. 1 selection. The speculation will be of great interest to NFL betting enthusiasts.
Speculation on Kyler Murray in NFL Draft
The speculation started last week, with NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah tweeting that he’s only 60 percent confident Murray will be the first pick, down from 90 percent at the start of the month. That chatter continued over the next few days as multiple respected media members started to express doubts about who will be the top selection.
CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco said he believes the Cardinals are no longer considering selecting Murray with the No. 1 pick. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team still hasn’t decided either way which direction they will go on Thursday night and Peter King of NBC Sports wrote Monday that Nick Bosa is the “choice of many in the building” in the Arizona organization.
Those are four big media names who have suddenly changed their thought process on what might happen on Thursday.
That raises the question: What happened in the past week that has led people to doubt if the Oklahoma star will be the pick at No. 1? Prisco suggested the Cardinals' ownership, not the front office, was initially interested in Murray.
Could it be that the team has not found a trade partner for incumbent starting quarterback Josh Rosen and the Cardinals decided not to give up on him so early? Who knows?
Murray Still Oddsmakers’ Favorite for Top Pick
But despite all of the mystery and intrigue surrounding the pick, oddsmakers haven’t changed their opinion on who the Cardinals will select at the top of the draft. According to 888sport, Murray is still by far the favorite (-590) to be the first pick, while Nick Bosa (+450) and Quinnen Williams (+1400) remain substantial underdogs.
Even if the Cardinals don’t select Murray, oddsmakers feel good that somebody will take Murray with the No. 1 pick.
#AZCardinals brass — GM Steve Keim, coach Kliff Kingsbury and owner Michael Bidwill — will have a final meeting over the next couple days to discuss their options at No. 1, sources say. The Cardinals have received feeler calls from teams inquiring about trading up, as well.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 22, 2019
Rapoport reported that Arizona has received some “feeler calls” about the No. 1 selection. If the Cardinals decide they don’t want a quarterback, they could slide down a few picks, acquire a kings’ ransom and continue to build around Rosen.
More than likely, the Cardinals are just trying to drum up interest in Rosen and the No.1 pick before Thursday night or another team is making up rumors in hopes to get Murray to fall to them. It would be a shock to everyone, including oddsmakers, if anyone but Murray were selected with the top pick.
With less than a week until the draft, it's hard to believe any of the rumors floating around. For that reason, you should expect Murray to be the first pick.
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