As a result, Washington will be forced to at least consider selecting a quarterback in the first round, especially if a prospect like Dwayne Haskins suffers a draft-day fall and is still on the board at No. 15 overall. He is projected to be the first quarterback selected on April 25.
Now, that might not be as certain.
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona Cardinals may be on the clock with the first pick in next week's National Football League draft, but with nine days left until the first round begins, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said a decision on whom Arizona will pick has not been made. He said Murray's agent, Erik Burkhardt, did not accompany Murray on his visit to the Cardinals. "I can't say enough good things about my interactions with Josh so far", he said. The first round pick in version 3.0 isn't one of the most popular names for the Lions in most mock drafts, but it is at a position that has popped up in mocks from time to time. They hosted the Heisman Trophy victor on a top-30 visit over the weekend.
Williams also added that he simply wants to be on the field as one of the five best offensive linemen, even if that means changing to guard, but his biggest complaint has been towards those who've told him he can't play tackle due to his arm length.
If Gettleman and the Giants are targeting Murray or believe he can be a franchise quarterback, the Jets would be an obvious trade partner. Whether he'll trade the pick will come down to the compensation, Keim said. Keim, for his part, said he learned long ago it made little sense to force any draft picks down a coach's throat, since it inevitably causes a problem for the player as soon as he arrives.
Lynch and the 49ers have a history of trading back.