NFL draft: Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins raise value of Cardinals’ No. 1 pick

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The Arizona Cardinals need to send fruit baskets to Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins. Thanks to them, the Cardinals’ No. 1 pick in April’s NFL draft just got a lot more valuable.

Murray, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma who announced he was entering the draft with a tweet on Monday, and Haskins (Ohio State) highlighted the list of underclassmen who declared themselves eligible for the draft, which was finalized after Monday’s deadline.

Both are considered top quarterback prospects in this year’s class. ESPN NFL draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. believes Haskins is talented enough to go No. 1 while ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter said “a lot of people believe [Murray will] wind up going in the first round.”8

A month ago, when Murray’s NFL prospects were barely being talked about and Haskins had yet to tear up the Rose Bowl, the Cardinals were looking at a devalued market if they were to shop the top pick.

“It’s not worth what it’s been worth,” ESPN NFL Draft Insider Todd McShay said in early December.

“Teams were trading up for quarterbacks last year. The previous year, with [Mitchell] Trubisky at [No.] 2 and then [Patrick] Mahomes at 10, and then Deshaun [Watson] at 12. And then obviously 2016 was [Jared] Goff and [Carson] Wentz. Both those teams, the Rams and Eagles, gave up a lot to go up to those two spots. It hasn’t always been the first pick but the value of moving up to go get the quarterback is just not going to be the same. It’s going to be a lot more like 2013, 2014, with [Blake] Bortles, [Johnny] Manziel, [Teddy] Bridgewater; 2013, E.J. [Manuel) and Geno [Smith] and those guys. It’s not the same.”

But since both Haskins and Murray jumped into the discussion, this year’s quarterback class has taken shape as one that could see at least three go in the first round. And since the Cardinals already have their quarterback of the future in Josh Rosen — despite a video from October resurfacing that shows new coach Kliff Kingsbury, while still at Texas Tech, saying he’d draft Murray No. 1 overall if he had the chance — they’re now in a position to wheel and deal with teams looking for their next franchise quarterback.

The last time a team traded out of No. 1 pick was in 2016, when the Tennessee Titans sent the first overall pick, a fourth-round and sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for a first-rounder, two second-rounders and a third-rounder that year plus a first- and third-rounder in 2017. Los Angeles used the first pick on a quarterback, drafting Jared Goff out of California.