The Arizona Cardinals added one other twist to the lead as much as subsequent month’s NFL Draft.
Cardinals brass spent Friday evening eating with Ohio State defensive finish Nick Bosa in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a league supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
After months of chatter linking the Cardinals to Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Friday’s dinner confirmed Arizona has but to make a remaining choice on their draft alternative.
The Cardinals maintain the No. 1 decide within the draft, and Bosa is the No. 1 total rated prospect in ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s newest rankings.
The Cardinals have additionally met with Murray, one other favourite to be chosen with the highest decide. New Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury and common supervisor Steve Keim met with the Heisman Trophy winner in Oklahoma final week.
Each Kingsbury and Murray are represented by the identical agent. Nonetheless, Cardinals linebackers coach Invoice Davis coached Bosa in the identical position at Ohio State.
A franchise-altering choice awaits Arizona.
Ought to the Cardinals select Murray, it could imply they might be trying to commerce quarterback Josh Rosen, who they took with their first-round decide (No. 10) in final 12 months’s draft. He appeared in 14 video games (13 begins) throughout his rookie season, finishing 55.2 p.c of his passes and throwing for two,278 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a Cardinals group that gained simply three video games.
Requested final month on the NFL scouting mix in Indianapolis whether or not Rosen is the Cardinals’ quarterback, Keim stated, “Is Josh Rosen our quarterback? Yeah, he’s, proper now, for positive.”
Some groups made overtures into Rosen’s availability on the mix, Schefter reported,
Kiper charges Murray because the No. 6 total decide within the draft, however his newest Mock Draft has the Cardinals taking him.
Bosa, Kiper says, is the perfect pass-rusher in a category full of excellent ones. He’s superior for his age in his method; which may be due to his brother, Los Angeles Chargers defensive finish Joey Bosa, and pa, John, each former first-round picks.
Nick Bosa completed his faculty profession with 17.5 sacks in two-plus seasons, although his faculty profession was shortened by core muscle surgical procedure in September 2018, that knocked him out for the remainder of the season.
The Cardinals switched again to a Three-Four protection this 12 months below new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.
“Four-Three faculty ends, they develop to be exterior backers,” Joseph stated.