Kyler Murray says he has ‘influence’ on Cardinals’ draft strategy

Kyler Murray is unquestionably the face of the Cardinals’ franchise and the former No. 1 pick said that he believes that he has “influence” when it comes to who Arizona will take in the upcoming draft.

“I do believe I think I have an influence in it,” Murray said on “Good Morning Football.” “I don’t know why I wouldn’t. If you’ve got a guy at quarterback, you trust him and you want him to be the face of the franchise for a lot of years, I think he should have an influence.”

While general manager Steve Keim and head coach Kliff Kingsbury will have the final say on who Arizona drafts, Murray pointed to his close relationship with the two, saying that they would take his input on any player they may be considering. Last season, Murray publicly voiced his desire for the Cardinals to take his former teammate CeeDee Lamb, but Arizona took linebacker Isaiah Simmons instead.

The Cardinals hold the 16th pick in the draft and could address a number of needs, though many believe that the team will draft a defensive player, as they could use some depth in the secondary and on the defensive line. Murray said that he would have as much to say about a defensive prospect as he would about someone on offense.

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