If the Cardinals do select Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick, don’t be surprised if the team finds him a big weapon in Round 2.
As the 2019 NFL Draft approaches it appears the Arizona Cardinals are locked in on Kyler Murray as the No. 1 overall pick. That doesn’t mean he’ll be the only weapon head coach Kliff Kingsbury adds to his offense on the weekend. Instead, it’s logical to think the team will look to find a big target for Murray on Day Two.
According to former Arizona State star N’Keal Harry, he’s got a great chance to be that guy. He recently told reporters there’s “no way” he’ll make it past the No. 33 selection in this year’s draft. That happens to be the Cardinals’ second round selection.
Harry told FanSided it would be fate to stay in Arizona where he could learn from his idol Larry Fitzgerald.
"“That would be amazing and crazy if that were to happen, it would be nothing but fate. I’m just a kid from a small island that ended up all the way in Arizona, so if I were to be able to go to high school, college and in the NFL in that state, it has to be fate.”“It would be great just because I would definitely want to pick his brain, see what he’s done to be in the league so long because obviously, he’s doing something right when it comes to taking care of his body, conducting himself off the field. So that would definitely be somebody that could get give me a lot of wisdom. So yeah, that would be great.”"
It’s impossible to know whether Harry’s right about the way the Cardinals feel about him, but there’s a lot of logic behind the pick. Murray will be one of the smallest signal callers in the NFL. Giving him one of the class’ biggest receivers could really help make up for his lack of stature.
Scouts who doubt Harry’s ability to play at the next level inevitably point to his lack of speed as a limiting factor. The 6-foot-2, 228-pound wideout didn’t run away from defensive backs at the college level, but running a 4.53 40-yard-dash at the Combine quieted a lot of those concerns.
There’s no doubt about his ability to make tough catches in traffic. He wasn’t blessed with great quarterback play at Arizona State, but he still managed to make plays week in and week out for Herm Edwards’ team. College productivity isn’t everything when it comes to the draft, but it is something that savvy scouts take into account when grading prospects.
Harry is a particularly interesting fit for an offense like Kingsbury’s that features a lot of formations. While he possesses the size to function as an outside receiver, don’t be surprised if his NFL team tries to deploy him in the slot as well. Playing Harry as a tight end could create really favorable mismatches against linebackers and safeties at the next level.
Even if Harry is wrong about the No. 33 pick being his floor, don’t expect him to languish too long on Day Two of the draft. Wide receivers with his size and ability to make contested catches are a prized commodity in today’s NFL.