2019 NFL Draft: Cardinals GM Steve Keim says team still hasn't made a decision on No. 1 overall

As the 2019 NFL Draft nears, the vast majority of the time and energy spent on analysis and speculation has been dedicated to the decision awaiting the Cardinals at the top of the draft: Trade Josh Rosen and start anew with Kyler Murray, take Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams to bolster the team around Rosen, or trade out of the top spot entirely? 

Nobody -- not even the Cardinals themselves -- knows for certain which route they'll take. 

On Tuesday, nine days until the draft, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim admitted that they still haven't decided what they'll do with the top overall pick. 

Before the Cardinals hired Kliff Kingsbury, it certainly seemed like they'd make either Bosa or Williams the top pick in the draft. They traded up to No. 10 to take Rosen just a year ago. Even though Rosen struggled mightily during his rookie season, he struggled in a terrible offensive system that even managed to render David Johnson ineffective. Giving up on Rosen after only one season didn't appear to be within the realm of possibility.

And then the Cardinals hired Kingsbury, an old clip of Kingsbury saying he would take Murray No. 1 overall emerged, and Murray decided to enter the NFL Draft instead of pursuing a career in baseball. Ever since, the Cardinals have been tied to Murray as trade rumors involving Rosen continue to swirl.

While the Cardinals have not explicitly denied the reports of their interest in Murray, they've also kept their options open by meeting with MurrayBosa, and Williams, and by continuing to praise Rosen, which is smart. The Cardinals can like Rosen and also like Murray more than Rosen. Both things can be true, and it certainly sounds like their interest in Murray is more about Murray and less about Rosen.

And there's nothing wrong with the Cardinals still being undecided this late in the process. They might not decide to trade Rosen until they get an offer that they feel is fair. A quarterback-needy team might not present the Cardinals with their best offer until the draft draws nearer. They might decide to draft Bosa until the Raiders (or another quarterback-needy team) calls them the night of the draft with an enticing offer for the top-overall pick, which would allow them to acquire additional picks while still getting a top defensive talent near the top of the draft. Remaining patient has its benefits.

Finally, it's entirely possible that the Cardinals are only saying they're undecided even though they know what they want to do next week.

The good news is that our wait is nearly over. On April 25, the draft will begin, and the biggest question of the offseason will finally be answered.

CBS Sports Writer

Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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