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Cardinals ‘considering Heisman winner Kyler Murray or Alabama star Quinnen Williams’ with top pick

NFL DRAFT PICKS: 1-6

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
  2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
  3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
  4. Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, ILB, LSU 
  6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke 

The Arizona Cardinals selected Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night in Nashville, while the New York Giants drafted Eli Manning’s presumed successor in Duke quarterback Daniel Jones sixth overall. 

The 38-year-old Manning has one year left on his contract with the Giants.

There has been significant speculation about when the struggling franchise would turn away from the two-time Super Bowl MVP. ESPN reported Thursday that Manning plans to ‘play somewhere’ in 2020, even if it is not in New York.

Murray’s selection is historic in a number of ways.

He is the first person ever to be a first-round pick in both the Major League Baseball and NFL drafts, after the Oakland Athletics drafted him ninth overall last summer. Murray pledged to pay back his $4.66 million signing bonus to the A’s when announcing in February that he would be committed to football full-time moving forward.

The Arizona Cardinals have selected Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night in Nashville

The New York Giants drafted quarterback Eli Manning's presumed successor in Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Manning has one year left on his contract

The New York Giants drafted quarterback Eli Manning’s presumed successor in Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Manning has one year left on his contract

Kyler Murray (center) spoke with ABC's Robin Roberts and Daily Mail TV host Jesse Palmer (right) after being taken with the first pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday

Kyler Murray (center) spoke with ABC’s Robin Roberts and Daily Mail TV host Jesse Palmer (right) after being taken with the first pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday 

Murray's parents Kevin and Missy were on hand in Nashville to see Kyler go to the Cardinals

Murray’s parents Kevin and Missy were on hand in Nashville to see Kyler go to the Cardinals 

‘I pride myself on being different, doing different things,’ Murray said from the red carpet before the draft, referring to the expected two-sport milestone. ‘Obviously it’s a testament to God blessing me with the ability to play (both) games. That’s why I’m here.’  

Thursday marked the second time Murray was a first-round pick, following the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft, when he was chosen by the Oakland Athletics. 

Murray’s beaming parents Missy and Kevin were both in attendance.  

‘Just look at his journey the last nine, 12 months,’ said Murray’s father Kevin, a former Texas A&M quarterback, to ABC. 

NFL DRAFT PICKS: 7-13

 7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

10. Pittsburgh Steelers: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

12. Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

13. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson 

‘Nothing ever occurred like it. From the baseball aspect of it, to being fortunate enough to be drafted by [Oakland Athletics general manager] Billy Beane and a wonderful organization Oakland A’s. Straight character people… to Kyler, who has to take the credit, obviously, for performing the way he did.’ 

The long-rumored marriage, first hinted at with the hiring of head coach Kliff Kingsbury in January, finally came true after various reports of uncertainty swirled in recent days, with the Cardinals insisting a decision was not yet final.

Kingsbury – who recruited Murray, then a high school prospect, to Texas A&M – famously said in an October interview, while still head coach at Texas Tech, that he ‘would take (Murray) with the first pick of the draft if I could.’

At 5-foot-10 1/8, Murray is the first quarterback under 6 feet tall to be taken in the first round since Johnny Manziel in 2014, and the shortest taken before Round 3 since at least 1985. 

There has been some speculation that the Cardinals wanted assurance that Murray would not backtrack and decide to play Major League Baseball. He was previously chosen in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland A's, and until recently, was believed to be pursuing a career as an outfielder

There has been some speculation that the Cardinals wanted assurance that Murray would not backtrack and decide to play Major League Baseball. He was previously chosen in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s, and until recently, was believed to be pursuing a career as an outfielder

Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns with seven interceptions last year while leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff. He also rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns.

After former teammate and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield went first overall last year to the Cleveland Browns, Murray's selection marks the first time since 1968-69 that the top pick in back-to-back years came from the same school (offensive tackle Ron Yary in 1968, running back O.J. Simpson in 1969, Southern California)

After former teammate and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield went first overall last year to the Cleveland Browns, Murray’s selection marks the first time since 1968-69 that the top pick in back-to-back years came from the same school (offensive tackle Ron Yary in 1968, running back O.J. Simpson in 1969, Southern California)

After former teammate and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield went first overall last year to the Cleveland Browns, Murray’s selection marks the first time since 1968-69 that the top pick in back-to-back years came from the same school (offensive tackle Ron Yary in 1968, running back O.J. Simpson in 1969, Southern California).

‘I talk to Bake a lot,’ Murray said of Mayfield. ‘He’s a close friend of mine. Getting advice from him has definitely been helpful.’ 

‘BACK TO BACK!!!!! CONGRATS K1!!!! Well deserved my brotha!!!’ Mayfield tweeted. 

Despite the assumption for weeks that the Cardinals would take Murray, multiple media outlets reported Thursday afternoon the team told Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams he was still in the mix. 

NFL Network reported Cardinals general manager Steve Keim reached out to Williams personally to say he was still a possibility.  

Meanwhile, ESPN reported that Williams’ camp was told he is ‘not out of the realm of possibility’ as an option at No. 1.

Christian Wilkins of Clemson celebrates with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen #13 overall by the Miami Dolphins

Christian Wilkins of Clemson celebrates with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen #13 overall by the Miami Dolphins

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, right participates in the national anthem with football players ahead of the first round at the NFL football draft

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, right participates in the national anthem with football players ahead of the first round at the NFL football draft

Large crowds gear up for the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday

Large crowds gear up for the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday

Neither report turned out to be true, however, and Murray became the second consecutive quarterback taken in the first round by the Cardinals, following former UCLA signal caller Josh Rosen, who is now expected to be traded. 

If the Cardinals do draft Murray, current Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen is reportedly likely to be traded on Friday, with the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers as the most likely contenders. Rosen was taken in the first round of last year's draft out of UCLA

If the Cardinals do draft Murray, current Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen is reportedly likely to be traded on Friday, with the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers as the most likely contenders. Rosen was taken in the first round of last year’s draft out of UCLA

Murray follows another Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Baker Mayfield, who was taken first overall by the Cleveland Browns last season.  

A separate ESPN report claimed Rosen is actually likelier to be traded on Friday rather than Thursday, with the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers as the most likely contenders.

Murray has been the reported favorite to go first overall since the NFL Scouting Combine, but the team has insisted as recently as this week that no final decision has been made with the top pick.

Rosen has participated fully in the team’s offseason workouts despite swirling trade rumors, drawing praise from Kingsbury.

There has been some speculation that the Cardinals wanted assurance that Murray would not backtrack and decide to play Major League Baseball.

Tennessee Titans fans watch activity on the main stage during the first round at the NFL Draft

Tennessee Titans fans watch activity on the main stage during the first round at the NFL Draft

ELI MANNING’S FUTURE IN DOUBT IN NEW YORK AFTER GIANTS PICK DUKE QB DANIEL JONES

Eli Manning has won a pair of Super Bowls with the Giants, but could be entering his final season in New York. The 38-year-old has one year left on his current contract

Eli Manning has won a pair of Super Bowls with the Giants, but could be entering his final season in New York. The 38-year-old has one year left on his current contract 

 The New York Giants made waves with the sixth overall pick, grabbing Duke quarterback Daniel Jones as the apparent successor to Eli Manning.

The Giants had been connected to Jones throughout the draft process, but many believed he might be the team’s target with the 17th overall pick rather than at No. 6.

Jones went ahead of Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (15th, Washington Redskins) and deep connections to current Giants’ employees were a factor. Jones played at Duke under head coach David Cutcliffe, who coached both Peyton and Eli Manning in college and remains a mentor for both. Jones, personal quarterbacks coach, David Morris, also played under Cutcliffe while backing up Eli Manning at Ole Miss.

Manning, 38, has one year left on his deal. 

There has been significant speculation about when the struggling franchise would turn away from the two-time Super Bowl MVP. ESPN reported Thursday that Manning plans to ‘play somewhere’ in 2020, even if it is not in New York. 

Jones is expected to learn under the tutelage of Manning, which won’t be new. for the former Duke star. He twice attended the Manning brothers’ passing camp, where budding college and professional prospects come to learn the position’s finer points from two of the NFL’s most famous passers.  

‘I think it’s a tremendous opportunity to learn for a young quarterback,’ Jones told reporters on a conference call Thursday night. ‘He is a guy that’s had a whole lot of success in the NFL and there is a reason for that. I’m looking to understand that and do my best to learn as much as I can from him while he’s in New York.

‘I’m going to be myself and not try to be Eli or be anything but myself. I think staying confident in that and staying confident in who I am is what’s going to be key to that process.’ 

Daniel Jones previously learned under Eli Manning at the Manning Passing Camp

Daniel Jones previously learned under Eli Manning at the Manning Passing Camp 

A Nick Bosa (Ohio State) fan prior to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville

A Nick Bosa (Ohio State) fan prior to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville

Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa went to San Francisco as expected. The 49ers have used a first-round selection on four defensive linemen in the past five drafts.

Bosa is considered the top pass rusher in this group. His older brother, Joey, plays for the Chargers and was the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Their father also played in the NFL.

Bosa is the highest Ohio State draft pick since offensive tackle Orlando Pace went No. 1 to St. Louis in 1997.

Bosa missed all but three games last season with a core muscle injury, but already had exhibited the kind of playmaking that lifts players to loft status. Such as the second pick in the draft.

Tony Accardo, Bosa’s late great-grandfather, famously served as mobster Al Capone’s bodyguard in the 1920s before enjoying a 40-year reign as boss, and even earned the nickname ‘Joe Batter’ after allegedly killing three men with a baseball bat. 

Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa went to San Francisco as expected. The 49ers have used a first-round selection on four defensive linemen in the past five drafts. Bosa is considered the top pass rusher in this group. His older brother, Joey, plays for the Chargers and was the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Their father also played in the NFL

Tony Accardo (pictured), Bosa's late great-grandfather, famously served as mobster Al Capone's bodyguard in the 1920s before enjoying a 40-year reign as boss, and even earned the nickname 'Joe Batter' after allegedly killing three men with a baseball bat.

Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa went to San Francisco as expected. The 49ers have used a first-round selection on four defensive linemen in the past five drafts. Bosa is considered the top pass rusher in this group. His older brother, Joey, plays for the Chargers and was the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Their father also played in the NFL. Tony Accardo (right), Bosa’s late great-grandfather, famously served as mobster Al Capone’s bodyguard in the 1920s before enjoying a 40-year reign as boss, and even earned the nickname ‘Joe Batter’ after allegedly killing three men with a baseball bat

The Jets held onto the third pick and took defensive tackle Quinnen Williams of Alabama

The Jets held onto the third pick and took defensive tackle Quinnen Williams of Alabama

The New York Jets held onto the third pick and took defensive tackle Quinnen Williams of Alabama, a dominant man in the trenches accustomed to playing in big games. 

DRAFT PICKS: 14-21

14. Atlanta Falcons: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College

15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

16. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, OLB, Florida State

17. New York Giants: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bardbury, C, NC State

19. Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

20. Denver Broncos: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

21. Green Bay Packers: Darnell Savage Jr., S, Maryland 

The Jets were widely speculated to want to trade down, but instead got a building block for their defense and new coach Adam Gase.

The pick marked the 11th straight year in which an Alabama player has gone in the first round. 

‘It’s just amazing. I’m ready to work now,’ Williams said. ‘I trained with (Jets veteran DL) Leonard Williams, I know Leonard Williams a lot, and to get in there with him, someone I already had a connection with and can learn from, we’re going to get work done.’ 

Not even a starter before 2018, Williams won the Outland Trophy last season and is Alabama’s highest-drafted defensive player since linebacker Cornelius Bennett went No. 2 overall in 1987.

Williams lost his mother, Marquischa Henderson Williams, to cancer when he was a child. 

Marquischa reportedly had several bouts with cancer, which resurfaced in 2010 and ultimately took her life.

The ABC broadcast featured  a shot of a pillow made in her honor.  

Williams lost his mother, Marquischa Henderson Williams, to cancer when he was a child. Marquischa reportedly had several bouts with cancer, which resurfaced in 2010 and ultimately took her life. The ABC broadcast featured a shot of a pillow made in her honor

Williams lost his mother, Marquischa Henderson Williams, to cancer when he was a child. Marquischa reportedly had several bouts with cancer, which resurfaced in 2010 and ultimately took her life. The ABC broadcast featured a shot of a pillow made in her honor

Josh Allen of Kentucky and his son Wesley pose with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen #7 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft

Josh Allen of Kentucky and his son Wesley pose with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen #7 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft

Kaitlyn Allen, wife of Jaguars first-round pick Josh, reacts to the good news on Thursday

Kaitlyn Allen, wife of Jaguars first-round pick Josh, reacts to the good news on Thursday 

Josh Allen and Kaitlyn Allen attend the 2019 NFL Draft. The couple's son Wesley also attended

Josh Allen and Kaitlyn Allen attend the 2019 NFL Draft. The couple’s son Wesley also attended

Kentucky’s Josh Allen, the national defensive player of the year (Bednarik Award) and a fast, physical linebacker, went to Jacksonville at the seventh spot.

The Jaguars have some significant needs on offense, but Allen generally was projected to go in the top five picks.

DRAFT PICKS: 22-27 

 22. Philadelphia Eagles: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

23. Houston Texas: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

24. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacons, RB, Alabama

25. Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

26. Washington Redskins: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

27. Oakland Raiders: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State 

It’s the second successive draft in which Josh Allen went seventh. Buffalo took the Wyoming quarterback by the same name in 2018.

Allen was joined by his son Wesley on stage with commissioner Roger Goodell, while the boy’s mother and Allen’s wife Kaitlyn spoke to ABC in the green room.

‘My goodness,’ Kaitlyn said. ‘This night is amazing. We have been waiting for this night for so long. Being married is amazing, but this is what we’ve been looking forward to. We’re going to celebrate our honeymoon and this night all together.

‘We love each other. This is just such a blessing.’  

At No. 8 overall, the Detroit Lions took Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson, the first tight end drafted by any team in the top 10 since Detroit took Eric Ebron 10th overall in 2014.

Hockenson was the Mackey Award winner – as the nation’s top tight end – in 2018 after totaling 49 catches for 760 yards and six touchdowns, plus a seventh on the ground.

With the ninth pick, the Buffalo Bills nabbed Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver (pictured), which lead to one of the more moving moments of the draft involving his brother, Marcus, who was overwhelmed with emotion: 'It means so much... When you have a brother, you grow up together and you dream of it'

With the ninth pick, the Buffalo Bills nabbed Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver (pictured), which lead to one of the more moving moments of the draft involving his brother, Marcus, who was overwhelmed with emotion: ‘It means so much… When you have a brother, you grow up together and you dream of it’

With the ninth pick, the Buffalo Bills nabbed Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, which lead to one of the more moving moments of the draft.  

Florida State defensive end Brian Burns poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Carolina Panthers selected Burns in the first round at the 2019 NFL draft

Florida State defensive end Brian Burns poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Carolina Panthers selected Burns in the first round at the 2019 NFL draft

‘It means so much,’ said brother Marcus Oliver, who was struggling to hold tears. ‘When you have a brother… I’m sorry, when you have a brother, you grow up together and you dream of it.

‘This sport means a lot to the family. It paved the way for me. It paved the way for him… Anybody can do it if they keep their mind to it. I just want to give all the glory to God.  

Marcus, too, had played at Houston before a brief stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Oliver, who declared he was entering the NFL before his junior season began, totaled 13.5 sacks and 53 tackles for loss in 32 career games. He battled injury in 2018 and was limited to three sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in eight games.

The fourth pick of the draft brought the first major surprise, with the Oakland Raiders opting for Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell.

Ferrell was widely expected to be a first-round pick, but few pegged him as a top-10 selection, and almost no mock drafts had him in the top five.

Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins moves into NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Miami Dolphins selected Wilkins in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins moves into NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Miami Dolphins selected Wilkins in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Two Tigers’ teammates, defensive tackles Christian Wilkins (13th, Miami Dolphins) and Dexter Lawrence (17th, Giants), were also first-rounders. Another ACC pass rusher, Florida State defensive end Brian Burns, was the 10th defensive player drafted in the top 16.

DRAFT PICKS: 28-32 

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

29. Seattle Seahawks: L.J. Collier, DE, TCU

30. New York Giants: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

31. Atlanta Falcons: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington

32. New England Patriots: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Wilkins, too, was a bit of a surprise on Thursday as he celebrated his good fortune by jumping into the arms of Goodell, who wasn’t expecting the maneuver and nearly toppled over.  

The 10th pick brought the first trade of the night, as the Pittsburgh Steelers sent the 52nd overall pick and a 2020 third-rounder to the Denver Broncos to move up from No. 20 to No. 10. With the 20th pick, the Broncos nabbed Iowa tight end Noah Fant.

The Steelers, whose last first-round trade-up came in 2003 to take Troy Polamalu, grabbed Michigan linebacker Devin Bush at 10. Two picks later, the Green Bay Packers selected Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary.

At pick 11, the Cincinnati Bengals selected the first offensive lineman of the draft — Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams.

The hometown franchise Tennessee Titans used the 19th pick on Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons. He’s recovering from a torn knee ligament and might not be on the field until midseason.

A trade with the Seattle Seahawks put the Packers on the clock at No. 21, up nine spots, for Maryland safety Darnell Savage, who ran a 4.36 40-yard dash and has also played cornerback.

Another deal put the Philadelphia Eagles up next to select offensive tackle Andre Dillard.

Clemson DT Christian Wilkins walks the red carpet ahead of the first round at the NFL Draft

Clemson DT Christian Wilkins walks the red carpet ahead of the first round at the NFL Draft

 

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