Kyler Murray might not be available to play for some time in 2023, but he knows the player he wants on the team when he gets back.
Several mock drafts have the Arizona Cardinals drafting a defensive playmaker with the No. 3 pick. To keep himself healthy and upright, Murray is looking to beef up the offensive line.
Albert Breer wrote in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that NFL teams are higher on Paris Johnson and that he should go as early as No. 3.
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NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo added that the Ohio State offensive tackle has a prominent supporter in Kyler Murray, he has reportedly told the Cardinals that he likes Johnson “a lot.”
Johnson recently visited the Cardinals, since the Cardinals are not looking to bring in a QB.
The Cardinals currently have three of their five starters figured out for at least next season, as D.J. Humphries, Will Hernandez, and Kelvin Beachum are all under contract.
For Murray, much has changed since his first few years as he tossed for 3,700 yards and rushed for over 500 yards. He was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and helped lead the Cardinals to a 5-10-1 record.
In 2020, Murray continued to excel, throwing for 3,971 yards and 26 touchdowns, and rushing for 819 yards and 11 touchdowns. He became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 3,500 yards and rush for over 800 yards in a single season, after Cam Newton accomplished the feat in 2011.
Last season, Murray took a major stepback after the team paid him in the offseason. It ended with him tearing his ACL and his head coach in Kliff Kingsbury being fired.
With his impressive athleticism and strong arm, Murray has drawn comparisons to quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Michael Vick. His ability to make plays with his legs and extend plays has made him a nightmare for opposing defenses.
The team desperately needs him healthy and playing like he once did if this franchise wants to excel.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.