Is Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray now a Top 10 quarterback in the NFL?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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It has only taken two seasons for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray to become a Top 10 QB in the NFL.

Or at least very close to one.

Several NFL quarterback rankings have come out since the 2020 NFL season ended and Murray is ranked in the Top 10 at his position in some of them.

He's very close to the Top 10 in others recently ranked all 59 quarterbacks who started a game in the NFL last season and Murray came in at No. 10 on the list.

Gennaro Filice wrote of the Cardinals quarterback: "In Year 2, Kyler really showed us what he can do with his legs -- the guy just moves differently -- but he still has plenty of room for improvement as a traditional passer. This is a tantalizing/terrifying thought, depending on your rooting interests."

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The top QB in the NFL last season, according to

Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tom Brady came in at No. 2, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and the Houston Texans' Deshaun Watson.

The Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen was No. 5, ahead of the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson and the Baltimore Ravens' Lamar Jackson.

Ryan Tannehill of the Tennessee Titans and Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers were right ahead of Murray in the rankings.

Several other sites also ranked Murray in, or near, the Top 10 quarterback in the NFL in 2020.

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Pro Football Network ranked Murray No. 11.

Shane G. Tyler wrote: "What began as an MVP campaign for Kyler Murray unceremoniously ended in utter disappointment. Not only did the Arizona Cardinals fail to win Week 17’s game against backup quarterback John Wolford, but the second-year signal-caller succumbed to injury, yet again. In 2020, Murray bested nearly every measurable from his rookie season. Unfortunately, injuries hindered him from accomplishing greater feats. One thing’s clear, without a healthy and effective Murray under center, the Cardinals’ season crumbled. If not for Murray’s disaster final month of the season, he would rank much higher in my final 2020 QB power rankings."

Sportsnaut had Murray at No. 10.

Andrew Buller-Russ wrote: "While his season was slowed by injuries, the second-year leap that Kyler Murray took should be celebrated. Leading a team that earned the No. 1 pick in 2019 to win five games as a rookie, Murray had the Cardinals in playoff contention entering the final stretch of the regular season in 2020.  As one of two starting quarterbacks in the NFL listed below six feet, Murray is every bit as capable as any other QB in the history of the NFL. Murray represents the rare dual-threat QB who can obliterate the defense with his little, speedy legs, or by making incredible passes, using his baseball background to release the ball using various throwing angles. Look for K1 and the Cardinals to get even better in 2021."

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Where would you rank the Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray among NFL quarterbacks after the 2020 NFL season?

NBC Sports placed Murray ranked at No. 10, as well.

Dylan Mickanen wrote: "Murray had an up-and-down season in 2020 and are we sure Kliff Kingsbury is a good head coach? This roster with Murray healthy for almost the whole season should have finished better than 8-8. "

Pro Football Focus put Murray at No. 11.

It wrote: "Murray took great strides in his second season, improving his passing grade by 16 points and becoming one of the most dynamic rushing threats in the league. He earned the No. 9 passing grade on deep passes while ranking second in rushing yards (822) and touchdowns (11) among quarterbacks. The next step is improving at the intermediate (10-19 yard) level, where Murray’s passing grade ranked just 27th."

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Fansided listed Murray as the No. 11 quarterback in the NFL in 2020.

Matt Verderame wrote: "Murray had to play better against the 49ers. Yes, San Francisco has a tough defense, but Arizona has ample weapons and Murray did virtually nothing in a must-win game. Going for 247 passing yards on 50 attempts with only three completions of 10+ air yards isn’t getting it done. Not even close."

Murray threw for 3,971 yards and 26 touchdowns and had 12 passes intercepted in 2020.

He rushed for another 819 yards and 11 touchdowns, helping the Cardinals improve from 5-10-1 his rookie season to 8-8 in his second year in the NFL.

Will he help the team make the playoffs in 2022?

Where would you rank Murray among NFL quarterbacks right now?

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