What he saw made it impossible to look away.
Murray was the 22nd Heisman Trophy victor to go first overall, and the second straight Sooners quarterback to pull it off: Baker Mayfield went to Cleveland in 2018.
"He's a dynamic talent, a unique talent I don't think anybody's seen when you talk about that combination of runner and passer", Kingsbury said. Speculation that the Washington Redskins might trade for Rosen ended when they picked Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins at No.15 overall.
Murray provides a dynamic dual-threat skill set to contribute to the rebuilding effort in Arizona with first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
"For those wondering: the Cardinals, after conversations with Kyler Murray's agent, are satisfied that there is a general philosophical agreement on contract language protecting the team in the event the QB chose to play baseball", Silver tweeted.
"He knows what I am capable of and he is behind me".
Murray won the Heisman Trophy as an Oklahoma Sooner in 2018, tossing 42 touchdown passes and more than 4,300 passing yards.
Miami had been paring payroll and stockpiling 2020 draft picks as part of a rebuilding plan under first-year coach Brian Flores. Mayfield, now with the Cleveland Browns, quickly congratulated his successor in Norman.
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1 overall to the Cardinals and Nick Bosa No. 2 overall to the 49ers, the Jets went with possibly the best defensive player in this year's draft in Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. I can't wait to get to work.
"I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15", he wrote in December 2018, just hours after he had been named the Heisman victor.
For Murray, he's the second straight Oklahoma quarterback to be drafted No. 1 overall. There was no point in keeping two quarterbacks on the roster.
Rosen is the only first-round quarterback since 1970 to change teams after just with season with his draft team.
Murray said he's aware his adjustment to the National Football League might take time, admitting it's not going to be easy.
In the wake of the Cardinals selecting Kyler Murray, Rosen was always expected to be traded during the draft.
"Bottom line, Josh is a really good football player and we're not going to get into the business of letting good football players just walk out of here", he said.