The Kyler Murray era in the NFL officially has begun.
The Arizona Cardinals selected the electric Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night in Nashville.
The selection comes despite the Cardinals having traded up in the first round last year to draft quarterback Josh Rosen, who now becomes premium trade bait.
Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals' new head coach, had spoken highly of Murray in the past, and the 5-foot-10, 207-pound dual-threat quarterback is expected to be a dynamic fit in Kingsbury's up-tempo offense.
In his junior season at Oklahoma, Murray threw for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 69 percent of his pass attempts. He also ran for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Murray, 21, also was drafted by the Oakland A's with the ninth overall pick in last year's MLB draft. Murray originally committed to playing baseball, but after his breakout college football season and much speculation, he changed course in February and entered the NFL Draft.
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By John Healy