NFL Draft No 1 pick: Cardinals told to take Kyler Murray over Nick Bosa

NFL Draft No 1 pick: Cardinals told to take Kyler Murray over Nick Bosa

That is the view of former NFL defensive end Marcellus Wiley.

Wiley believes Murray, as a quarterback, is much more valuable to the Cardinals than Bosa can ever be as a defensive linesman.

Much has been made about Murray’s height and whether a smaller quarterback can play effectively at the position.

At the recent NFL Scouting Combine Murray was officially measured as 5’10” and as such has alleviated some concerns about him being as small as 5’8”.

While Wiley is not criticising Bosa’s ability, he feels in a choice between the two players – the 6’4”, 266 lbs defensive line pass rusher is the safe bet, while Murray on the other hand will offer the Cardinals more of an upside as he has the “greater potential of making a difference”.

Wiley, speaking on Fox Sports show Speak for Yourself, said: “They should take Kyler Murray, if they are similar comps I am always going to take the quarterback over the defensive linesman, and that is coming from a former defensive lineman.

“I know the limit we have, in terms of impact on a game and there is a limit.

“A lot of people think there is a height requirement to play the position, one Russell Wilson would disagree, my former team-mate Drew Brees would disagree.

“And being built for two sports is a compliment, not a detriment.”

Wiley was backed up on the show by Joel Klatt, Fox College Football Analyst, who feels a team needs to get in a quarterback before adding the additional pieces to a team.

“It’s algebra one, before algebra two,” Klatt said.

“You got to get the quarterback before you get the requisite pieces around that.

“There are a couple of team that have gone the alternate route to win a championship

“The road to winning a Super Bowl based on your defence is few and far between. It is very narrow.

“But the road to winning the Super Bowl because you have a great marriage between a dynamic quarterback and a great head coach, that is the wide road.

“Who is going to be more impactful for their team for the next ten years it’s Kyler Murray.”

The NFL Draft begins on Thursday April 25 and ends on Saturday April 27.

Published at Tue, 05 Mar 2019 00:24:00 +0000