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Late NFL Draft Theatrics Provide Smokescreen Around Murray’s No.1 Pick Status

The 2019 NFL Draft has become a mysterious, captivating land of mass confusion, theatre, bald-faced lies.

Round 1 of the NFL Draft is tomorrow at 8pm EST on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network and the football world moves closer to finding out whether or not Kyler Murray is going to be the No. 1 overall pick.

At one point it seemed to be a given. Now, it’s a mystery and the NFL is reveling in the attention that the draft mystery is bringing the sport. 

In a matter of weeks, everything we thought we knew about the Draft has been turned upside down. I can’t help think that everyone is working in unison — social media, draft analysts, general managers, and players. It’s one big show.

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@tommy_III’s Top-100 Big Board has officially dropped 🔥#NFLDraft Spoiler alert: Neither Nick Bosa nor Kyler Murray top the list ⬇️ https://t.co/uY5hCLRJtx

First Dwayne Haskins and Murray were the top two QBs in the Draft. Then the narrative was that Arizona’s rookie coach Kliff Klingsbury was enamored with Murray and was going to pick him No. 1 and trade Josh Rosen.

Then Haskins’ stock started dropping for some reason and his projected trip to New York to take over for Eli Manning, all of a sudden became an unsure thing. Giants GM Dave Gettleman stopped showing Haskins love in public. Rumors emerged about teams having last second doubts about Haskins’ future as a franchise pro, despite him having all the tools and throwing 50 TDs in a tough Big Ten football conference.

According to the latest ESPN Draft Projections, Missouri’s Drew Lock has come out of nowhere — similar to Mitchell Trubisky a few years ago — and is rated as the quarterback in the Draft most likely to become a starter (60 %) and Pro Bowler (17 %), moving past Murray and Haskins.

Andrew Jerell Jones on Twitter

It still would be a colossal and latest embarrassing mistake for Mara and Tisch to allow Gettleman to pass on Dwayne Haskins. But for their fanbase, I feel at the moment that is the direction they will go. #NFLDraft

 

Lock wasn’t even being discussed as an elite QB in the draft, but his late rise creates more excitement and drama for draft night. Coincidence? Or the machine working in unison?

New York Post on Twitter

Cardinals will pass on Kyler Murray, shock at No. 1 in 2019 NFL draft: Antonio Bryant https://t.co/KYy0nS8Mxo

It’s the kind of nonsense that makes you scratch your head. Same as the 360 on Murray exhibited by Cardinals staff in the days leading up to the draft. On Tuesday, Cardinals HC Kliff Klingsbury told the media that Murray is not a lock as the No. 1 overall pick.

“We’re still working through it. It’s a process but I wouldn’t say the hay is in the barn,” Klingsbury told reporters.

The organizational presently renewed its love affair with Rosen.

“Josh has done everything humanly possible to show what type of quarterback and human he is,” said Klingsbury when asked about Rosen. “ I said it all along I couldn’t be more impressed with his approach. “

That makes you think that the Cardinals are happy with Rosen and less likely to draft Murray No. 1 overall.

This affirmation of Rosen’s abilities comes just a few weeks after Klingsbury gushed over Murray and all of the experts and draft insiders had the two-way phenom, who shunned a $4.6 million signing bonus with the Oakland A’s to play pro football, going to Arizona with the No. 1 pick.

Kyler Murray will go No.1 in the 2019 NFL draft – Mel Kiper Jr. | Get Up!

With his official measurements complete, Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down why he feels the Arizona Cardinals and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury will take Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray in the 2019 NFL draft and find a way to move current QB Josh Rosen.

Now granted, any team that hasn’t been in this position since 1967 like the Cardinals, should do its due diligence in deciding this pick. However, all of the mixed signals and crossed messages creates good drama but it also gets kind of annoying.

We don’t know who’s telling the truth and who’s lying anymore and with the onslaught of social media sites and misinformation being circulated, it’s almost impossible to tell.

How do I know that so called draft gurus like Mel Kiper and Todd McShay aren’t blowing smoke half the time? They are part of a fantastic, revenue-generating machine known as the NFL Draft. It’s a multi-step process that keeps fans drawn to the NFL.

Josina Anderson is down with the show too. She says some of the Cardinals staff don’t believe that Murray is that guy, which is making the decision even tougher. The owner’s involved and the empire is split on who should be king signal caller. 

Mad drama.

If the rumors of Murray’s demise holds true, his saving grace could be the Oakland Raiders, who have three plush first-round picks (4th, 24th, and 27th ). Second-year coach Jon Gruden isn’t sold on Derek Carr and has raved about Murray publically.

Raiders on NBCS on Twitter

Given the Raiders’ significant draft ammunition, NFL people reportedly wouldn’t be surprised if Oakland “made a big move up” for Kyler Murray or Nick Bosa 👀 https://t.co/kiHq6cQMFI

Going into Easter Weekend confidence was brimming in the Kyler Murray circle, but Anderson says that the tone started to turn as reports surfaced casting doubt over Murray as the No. 1 overall pick.

The NFL Draft process — from the combine to draft night — has become a movie and everyone involved understands that its big business, but also entertainment. Keeping the No. 1 pick is called is perfect theatre for the NFL, the fans and everyone involved.

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