Quarterback Baker Mayfield was coached by new Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech as a freshman before being benched in favor of Patrick Mahomes and transferring to Oklahoma, where he became a Heisman Trophy victor and the 2018 No. 1 overall pick in the draft. In the third edition of Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network's mock draft, he has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen with the fifth overall pick.
"I'm not going to get into hypotheticals today", Keim said.
Many NFL Draft analysts believe that Murray is the premier quarterback prospect in this class and for months, all the wind was blowing in the direction of the Cardinals and coach Kliff Kingsbury wanting him to be their No. 1 overall pick. "We're nine days away, guys".
He has also reportedly visited with the Giants, who have the sixth pick in the draft, and has also been linked to the Raiders. The GM wouldn't rule out a trade, noting that it always hinges on the haul back and the opportunity cost in missing out on what in this draft would be the Cardinals' best player on the board.
"Ninety-six percent of kids who just signed a $4.6 million deal to play baseball wouldn't have been on no football field the following fall", says Kevin Murray.
"He's been phenomenal", Keim told reporters Tuesday.
Added Keim, "We've had good dialogue". Last year's No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield, by the way, received $32 million.
"The fact that we don't know what we're doing but everyone else does, that's concerning", Keim said with a smile. Look no further than the 2017 move from No. 2 to No. 3 overall with the Chicago Bears, which ended with the Niners getting the player they wanted in the first place, defensive end Solomon Thomas.