Kyler Murray — the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who dazzled football fans in his lone season as Oklahoma’s starter — will be reunited with an old friend.
The Arizona Cardinals selected Murray with the top overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, which began in Nashville on Thursday night.
Murray will be coached by first-year Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who tried to recruit the legendary Allen (Texas) High School quarterback to Texas Tech.
“He’s one of the best in the world at calling plays, a great offensive mind. I can’t wait to get with him,” Murray said. “It’s been a long time coming and I know he feels the same.”
For now, Murray will join Josh Rosen in the Cardinals’ quarterback room. Rosen was the 10th overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft but struggled during his rookie season. The Cardinals, 3-13 last season, were last in the NFL in scoring offense and total offense.
Murray was asked on SiriusXM NFL Radio if he’s spoken with Rosen.
“I haven’t talked to Josh since we left for college,” Murray said. “We were good friends doing all the high school circuits and camps and stuff like that. I was very fond of Josh, for sure.”
It was the first time in NFL history that quarterbacks from the same school have been selected with the first overall pick in consecutive seasons. In 2018, Baker Mayfield was chosen by the Cleveland Browns.
“Everyone who’s been in my corner, I can’t thank them enough,” Murray said to ESPN immediately after being selected. “I just want to thank God. It’s surreal.”
Did he expect to go with the top pick?
“I heard a lot of stuff. I read a lot of stuff. But I mean I’m the type that I don’t believe anything until it happens,” Murray said. “It’s definitely where I wanted to go, for sure.
While Mayfield watched from his Lake Travis, Texas, home, Murray joined family, teammates and coaches in Nashville. The 21-year-old looked dapper in a pink suit and white Nikes.
BACK TO BACK!!!!! CONGRATS K1!!!! Well deserved my brotha!!! @TheKylerMurray— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) April 26, 2019
Murray was also a first-round selection by the Oakland Athletics in the Major League Baseball draft last summer. In February, the two-sport start decided football would be his professional path.
What was it like when his name was called?
“Honestly, I kind of blacked out a little bit. I couldn’t tell you what they were saying, but it’s something I’ll never forget for sure,” Murray said.
What was the perspective Kevin Murray, Kyler Murray’s father?
“He’s worked his whole life for this moment,” Kevin Murray said on ABC. “To have this opportunity right in front of him and see his dream became a reality is just unbelievable. It really is.”
Marquise Brown taken 25th by Ravens
Marquise Brown will see a few familiar faces with his new team — the Baltimore Ravens.
The dynamic wide receiver was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 25th overall selection.
Brown will be paired with two former teammates in Baltimore. Offensive lineman Orlando Brown and tight end Mark Andrews were drafted by the Ravens in 2018.
Brown was emotional during an NFL Network interview shortly after the selection.
“I’m happy to be here. I’m thanking God. I’m ready to go. It means so much,” Brown said while fighting back tears. “I can’t even express the words. I’m just thanking God.”
Brown is a cousin of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown.
“He told me to enjoy this moment,” Marquise Brown said. “I put myself in a position to be here. It ain’t over yet. I’m ready to get to work.”
Brown will now team up with 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson after catching passes from Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, the past two Heisman winners.
Coach Lincoln Riley was excited about Brown's draft selection.
"Marquise's story is well-documented. What are the chances a guy who had to walk to work and fight his way just to get to junior college ends up being the first receiver taken? I'm thrilled for him and his opportunity," Riley said. "He's going to bring a lot to the Baltimore Ravens. Their fans will love his explosiveness, which we really came to appreciate the last couple of years at Oklahoma."
1. QB Kyler Murray (OU), Arizona Cardinals
2. DE Nick Bosa (Ohio State), San Francisco 49ers
3. DT Quinnen Williams (Alabama), New York Jets
4. DE Clelin Ferrell (Clemson), Oakland Raiders
5. LB Devin White (LSU), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. QB Daniel Jones (Duke), New York Giants
7. DE Josh Allen (Kentucky), Jacksonville Jaguars
8. TE T.J. Hockerson (Iowa), Detroit Lions
9. DT Ed Oliver (Houston), Buffalo Bills
10. LB Devin Bush (Michigan), Pittsburgh Steelers
11. DT Jonah Williams (Alabama), Cincinnati Bengals
12. LB Rashan Gary (Michigan), Green Bay Packers
13. DT Christian Wilkins (Clemson), Miami Dolphins
14. G Chris Lindstrom (Boston College), Atlanta Falcons
15. QB Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State), Washington Redskins
16. DE Brian Burns (Florida State), Carolina Panthers
17. DT Dexter Lawrence (Clemson), New York Giants
18. C Garrett Bradbury (N.C. State), Minnesota Vikings
19. DT Jeffery Simmons (Mississippi State), Tennessee Titans
20. TE Noah Fant (Iowa) Denver Broncos
21. DB Darnell Savage (Maryland), Green Bay Packers
22. T Andre Dillard (Washington State), Philadelphia Eagles
23. OT Tytus Howard (Alabama State), Houston Texans
25. WR Marquise Brown (Oklahoma), Philadelphia Eagles
26. DE Montez Sweat (Mississippi State), Indianapolis Colts
27. DB Johnathan Abram, (Mississippi State), Oakland Raiders
28. DT Jerry Tillery (Notre Dame), Los Angeles Chargers
29. DE L.J. Collier (TCU), Seattle Seahawks
30. CB Deandre Baker (Georgia), New York Giants
31. T Kaleb McGary (Washington), Atlanta Falcons
32. WR N'Keal Harry (Arizona State), New England Patriots