Everyone seems so set on the fact that the Arizona Cardinals will be taking Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick on Thursday night. While I'm not going to get into the fact that it's a MAJOR MISTAKE BECAUSE JOSH ROSEN IS THE GOAT (I'm yelling), I'm still siding with the camp that thinks this is all just a smokescreen. I could be wrong (I have been before and will definitely be again), and this isn't just because I'm a major Rosen-believer. This is the time of year, more often than normal, when eeeeeeeverybody in the eeeeentire league just straight up lies. Everybody.
One team I can see being a major contender for Murray is the Oakland Raiders. Not only do I think new GM Mike Mayock wants to make a splash in his first draft, but their current QB Derek Carr is equivalent to dude dressing all in denim and laying across the hood of a car. Oh wait. He did that. Mayock said earlier this month that while he believes Carr is a franchise QB, if there's someone they like, they're open for business. "If we found somebody we like better or thought had bigger upside, then you got to do the right thing for the organization." Oakland sent their scouts home for the weekend, and basically shunned them until draft time, which struck everyone as unusual, or if you're me, hilarious.
According to Ian Rapaport, this move could be due to a "surprise pick." -- Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
While it was reported recently that the Raiders were not going draft a quarterback in the first round of this year's draft, refer to the first paragraph. Preferably the part where I state that everybody lies. The Raiders have three picks in the first round currently, and it wouldn't shock me if they used one of those as ammo to trade with Arizona, move up and grab Murray.