Scott Boras' loss is Erik Burkhardt's gain.
A's top prospect Kyler Murray announced Monday that he is "fully committing" to becoming an NFL quarterback. And one day later, his football agent has been revealed.
— Erik Burkhardt (@ErikBurkhardt) February 12, 2019
Though there is virtually no chance Murray is selected by the 49ers in the 2019 NFL Draft, the news of who will be representing the quarterback should make 49ers fans and the front office happy. Burkhardt is also the agent of Kliff Kingsbury -- also known as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
Or, the same coach that said in October 2018: "I'd take [Kyler Murray] with the first pick of the draft if I could." Kingsbury said that while he was the head coach of Texas Tech University. Well, now he's the head coach of the Cardinals and happens to own the No. 1 pick in the draft.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 10, 2019
If Kingsbury and the Cardinals select Murray with the top pick, it will start quite the wild domino effect in this year's draft. The Cardinals selected Josh Rosen No. 10 overall one year ago, and teams in need of a quarterback will immediately call Arizona.
Then sitting at No. 2 is the 49ers.
While facing a dynamic quarterback for years like Murray in the NFC West is nothing to smile about, Murray going to the Cardinals sets the 49ers up perfectly for the prized possession of the 2019 draft: former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa.
Bosa appears to be the exact prospect the 49ers need. The 6-foot-4, 263-pound edge rusher recorded 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss in 29 games played in his college career. His junior season, however, lasted only three games after a core muscle injury.
Though the 49ers have selected defensive linemen with their top pick in three of the last four years, they don't have a pass rusher off the edge like Bosa, who most scouts believe should be the top pick in the draft. In the 2018 season, San Francisco finished tied for 22nd in the NFL with only 37 sacks in the regular season.
So ... Murray No. 1, then Bosa No. 2?
Perhaps the connection between Murray and Kingsbury's agent is just a coincidence, but there's nothing quite like a good NFL draft conspiracy.