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NFL mock draft: Will Cardinals take Kyler Murray and trade Josh Rosen?

NFL mock draft: Will Cardinals take Kyler Murray and trade Josh Rosen?
Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray chose football over baseball. Where will he go in the NFL draft? (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

After the Arizona Cardinals made him the 10th pick in last year’s draft, bombastic UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen famously said: “There were nine mistakes made ahead of me.”

The 2018 NFL season didn’t quite pan out that way, however, and now Rosen could find himself with another team.

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This 2019 NFL mock draft ponders the possibility of the Cardinals using the No. 1 pick on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, and perhaps trading Rosen to the New York Giants, Washington Redskins or elsewhere. Arizona could even keep him.

That will be a story line to watch as the April 25 first round approaches.

NFL Mock Draft 2.0:

1. ARIZONA — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma: On the heels of Baker Mayfield turning around the Browns, Kliff Kingsbury looks to use that blueprint with Cardinals. Josh Rosen could wind up with the Giants.

2. SAN FRANCISCO — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State: The 49ers need an edge rusher in the worst way, and Bosa is the best in this class.

3. N.Y. JETS — Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky: Allen, who had a whopping 17 sacks last season, would be an ideal edge rusher in the Jets’ 3-4 scheme.

4.OAKLAND — Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama: Sure, the Raiders need to somehow replace Khalil Mack on the edge, but Williams would be their best DT on Day 1.

5. TAMPA BAY — Devin White, ILB, Louisiana State: Rare for a linebacker to go in the top five, but White would fill the void left by Kwon Alexander.

6. N.Y. GIANTS — Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan: The Giants need a quarterback and a right tackle, but can’t ignore their need for a defensive playmaker.

7. JACKSONVILLE — Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama: The Jaguars are in need of a right guard and right tackle, and the reliable Williams could play either spot.

8. DETROIT — Ed Oliver, DT, Houston: A lot of what the Lions do is modeled after the Patriots, and Oliver could be their version of a beefed-up Trey Flowers.

9. BUFFALO — Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State: Bills need to protect their investment at quarterback, Josh Allen, and if Alabama’s Williams is off the board …

10. DENVER — Byron Murphy, CB, Washington: The Broncos could go quarterback here, maybe Missouri’s Drew Lock. But Murphy would pair nicely with Chris Harris Jr.

11. CINCINNATI — Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State: Sweat’s freakish performance at the combine overrides the concerns about getting booted from Michigan State.

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12. GREEN BAY — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa: Hockenson is the complete tight end, and a far better blocker than Jimmy Graham. That fits Matt LaFleur’s running game.

13. MIAMI — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State: Ryan Fitzpatrick is a Band-Aid. Haskins is theoretically a franchise player, even though that label is tossed around pretty casually.

14. ATLANTA — Greedy Williams, CB, Louisiana State: The Falcons need help in the trenches, so cornerback might not be the play here. But Williams is pushed down pretty far in this mock, so he’s a good value at this spot.

15. WASHINGTON — D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss: The Redskins love splashy players, and the musclebound Metcalf is certainly that. Maybe he’s the next Julio Jones … or maybe he’s just David Boston.

16. CAROLINA — Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson: When it comes to pass rushers, the Panthers’ cupboard is bare. Local product Ferrell would be an optimal fit.

17. N.Y. GIANTS — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri: Lock might not make it this far, and the Giants could take a QB at 6. But if he’s around, he would have to be a strong consideration.

18. MINNESOTA — Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma: All that money tied up in Kirk Cousins, and now the Vikings have to protect him. Ask the Colts what guard Quenton Nelson has meant to them.

19. TENNESSEE — Brian Burns, OLB, Florida State: Could the 6-foot-5 Burns be the next Jevon Kearse? Folks at Florida State call the rangy edge rusher “Spider-Man.”

20. PITTSBURGH — DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia: Artie Burns hasn’t cut it as a bookend to corner Joe Haden. Baker isn’t overly physical, but he’s like Velcro in man coverage.

21. SEATTLE — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa: Maybe the Patriots trade up into this spot to replace Rob Gronkowski, but the Seahawks are in clear need of a solid tight end.

22. BALTIMORE — Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan: Bush, last season’s Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, could be the next C.J. Mosley. Comes highly recommended from Jim Harbaugh.

23. HOUSTON — Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State: After a season in which Deshaun Watson was sacked an NFL-high 62 times, the Texans could use help at both tackle spots.

24. OAKLAND — Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech: He has a checkered past, but Ferguson is the NCAA’s all-time sack leader (45) and is third in all-time tackles for loss (68).

25. PHILADELPHIA — Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss: The Eagles need to start planning for life after Jason Peters. Little is capable of protecting Carson Wentz’s blind side.

26. INDIANAPOLIS — Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame: General manager Chris Ballard hit a home run last year in drafting Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard. Now, he turns his attention to the defensive line.

27. OAKLAND — Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama: With or without Marshawn Lynch, the Raiders have to pay attention to the running back spot. Jacobs is the best in this class.

28. CHARGERS — Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson: The Chargers have moved on from Corey Liuget, and Wilkins would be a good option to step into that spot.

29. KANSAS CITY — Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State: As potent as they are on offense, the Chiefs need to load up on the other side of the ball. They were last in rush defense in 2018.

30. GREEN BAY — Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College: The Packers need a pass rusher, but at this point, they could turn to a top-shelf interior offensive lineman.

31. RAMS — Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State: Rebuilding the offensive line is essential for the Rams, who are nearing transitions at center and left tackle, and need to replace guard Rodger Saffold.

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32. NEW ENGLAND — Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State: Campbell, clocked at 4.31 seconds in the 40, could be a valuable field-stretching weapon for Tom Brady. Brandin Cooks 2.0.

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