Winning the Heisman Trophy this season at Oklahoma seems to have been a major factor in Murray's decision.
Multiple reports indicate that the 21-year-old could have first-round upside if he chooses the National Football League route.
"Kyler, I mean, he's a freak, man", Kingsbury said at the time, via Eric Kelly of KLBK. After his introduction, Beane opened the floor to Murray, who answered each question with poise, which isn't a surprise considering the media attention he's received since high school. He accumulated 4,361 passing yards to go with 43 touchdowns.
The Cardinals new coach has good reason to like the Heisman victor, but he's apparently a fan of Rosen as well. "All I know is Kyler has a tremendous opportunity to be a great baseball player and he knows that". I think he's very competitive.
"If you're talking about using a first- or a second-round pick on him, you have to know that he's committed to play (football)", one high-ranking NFC team executive said. "So, I'm excited to develop that relationship". ESPN's Adam Schefter did throw out a scenario where Arizona could select Murray and trade Josh Rosen, stating that it's not "implausible", as Jordan Reid of Cover 1 revealed.
It's unknown whether Kingsbury was forced to commit to Rosen in taking the job, but Murray's newfound availability could make for some interesting discussions.