It started as a silly fantasy, based on an old quote, that somehow the Arizona Cardinals were targeting Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft, and were ready to give up on Josh Rosen, the quarterback they took 10th overall less than a year ago. For weeks, everyone – including the Cardinals – seemed to dismiss it as ridiculous.
Now, though, a lot of NFL people think it's not so ridiculous at all. And that, of course, is noteworthy to the Giants.
In fact, many NFL sources, from scouts to agents to team executives, told SNY at the NFL Scouting Combine this week that they believe the Cardinals really are targeting Murray with the No. 1 overall pick. None of them knew for sure, obviously, and the Cards braintrust wasn't ready to tip its hand.
But the speculation only grew on Wednesday when Cardinals GM Steve Keim was asked if Rosen was the Cardinals' quarterback, and he answered like this:
"Yeah," Keim said. "He is right now, for sure."
It was the "right now" that set the combine aflutter, and had media outlets searching for the video of Kliff Kingsbury once saying about Murray: "I'd take him with the first pick in the draft, if I could." Of course, Kingsbury was at Texas Tech then, and even he never imagined he'd soon be coach of the Cardinals, who just happen to hold that first pick.