1. Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)
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This feels like the worst-kept secret in the NFL. New Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury hasn’t been shy about publicly gushing over Murray and his exploits at OU. Josh Rosen should have nice value on the trade market if/when Arizona opts to make that choice. At this point, all signs are pointing to the Cardinals taking the diminutive signal-caller out of Oklahoma.
2. San Francisco 49ers: DL Joey Bosa (Ohio State)
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At the beginning of the draft process, Bosa looked like the stone cold lock to go No. 1. Now, the 49ers will be in the fortuitous position in having the talented pass rusher fall into their laps. There’s also some flexibility here for Kyle Shanahan’s team. SF could easily move down to collect more picks. Remember, the team has invested quite a bit of capital most recently in three first-round picks along the defensive line (DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas). With that said, Bosa appears to be much more of an elite prospect when compared to the aforementioned trio.
3. New York Jets: OLB Josh Allen (Kentucky)
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The Anthony Barr last-minute reversal will necessitate the Jets taking Allen here. Allen can put his hand in the ground and rush off the edge. Duly, he can also stand up in space and be utilized in a myriad of ways. This pick makes absolute sense for a team in starved need of a legitimate pass rusher.