Then after Kingsbury left to take the head coaching job at Texas Tech, he twice tried to lure Murray to Lubbock, first before Murray eventually signed with Texas A&M and then after his freshman season in College Station when Murray made a decision to transfer.
Last June, Murray was picked ninth overall in the MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, and until January of this season, had said he would play pro baseball instead of pro football.
Although the Arizona Cardinals knew they were taking quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall selection, they only began shopping Josh Rosen in earnest minutes before Thursday's National Football League draft started, a source told Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko.
The Giants effectively are out of the Rosen sweepstakes, as NY selected Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick Thursday night. Arizona brought him in to be their head coach simply for his offensive knowledge.
Murray becomes the fifth Sooner to be picked number one overall, joining Lee Roy Selmon in 1976, Billy Sims in '80, Sam Bradford in 2010, and Baker Mayfield in 2018.
The Cardinals are completely committed to Kingsbury and that is why Murray was the pick. His speed, quickness and overall mobility are elite at the quarterback position, showing ridiculous natural playmaking skills with the ball in his hands. The team apparently believes Murray is a better fit running the offense of new coach Kliff Kingsbury, who worked in the Big 12 that Murray dominated last season. The Giants were expected to select a quarterback, but not until their 17th pick in the first round.
The selection of Murray is ideal for a Kingsbury-led team. Only time will tell. If it does, this is going to be a franchise-altering selection.