Murray, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma who announced he was entering the draft with a tweet on Monday, and Haskins (Ohio State) highlighted the list of underclassmen who declared themselves eligible for the draft, which was finalized after Monday's deadline.
Both are considered top quarterback prospects in this year's class. ESPN NFL draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. believes Haskins is talented enough to go No. 1 while ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter said "a lot of people believe [Murray will] wind up going in the first round."
A month ago, when Murray's NFL prospects were barely being talked about and Haskins had yet to tear up the Rose Bowl, the Cardinals were looking at a devalued market if they were to shop the top pick.
"It's not worth what it's been worth," ESPN NFL Draft Insider Todd McShay said in early December.
"Teams were trading up for quarterbacks last year. The previous year, with [Mitchell] Trubisky at [No.] 2 and then [Patrick] Mahomes at 10, and then Deshaun [Watson] at 12. And then obviously 2016 was [Jared] Goff and [Carson] Wentz. Both those teams, the Rams and Eagles, gave up a lot to go up to those two spots. It hasn't always been the first pick but the value of moving up to go get the quarterback is just not going to be the same. It's going to be a lot more like 2013, 2014, with [Blake] Bortles, [Johnny] Manziel, [Teddy] Bridgewater; 2013, E.J. [Manuel) and Geno [Smith] and those guys. It's not the same."
But since both Haskins and Murray jumped into the discussion, this year's quarterback class has taken shape as one that could see at least three go in the first round. And since the Cardinals already have their quarterback of the future in Josh Rosen -- despite a video from October resurfacing that shows new coach Kliff Kingsbury, while still at Texas Tech, saying he'd draft Murray No. 1 overall if he had the chance -- they're now in a position to wheel and deal with teams looking for their next franchise quarterback.
The last time a team traded out of No. 1 pick was in 2016, when the Tennessee Titans sent the first overall pick, a fourth-round and sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for a first-rounder, two second-rounders and a third-rounder that year plus a first- and third-rounder in 2017. Los Angeles used the first pick on a quarterback, drafting Jared Goff out of California.
Before that, the top pick was knowingly traded 10 other times, according to ESPN State & Information resesarch. Overall, five of those picks were quarterbacks. Four other times in NFL history, a traded pick turned into the No. 1 pick.
If the Cardinals stay put at No. 1, they would likely go with a defensive player, such as defensive end Nick Bosa (Ohio State) and defensive tackles Ed Oliver (Houston), Quinnen Williams (Alabama), Dexter Lawrence (Clemson) and Rashan Gary (Michigan).
However, with the NFL scouting combine about six weeks away, the top of the draft could bend and twist a little bit to include other defenders such as outside linebacker Josh Allen (Kentucky), inside linebacker Devin White (LSU), cornerback Greedy Williams (LSU) and linebacker Devin Bush (Michigan).
Arizona is currently in position to have 10 draft picks in 2019, which they could use to fill current needs and bolster their offense to fit Kingsbury's Air Raid scheme. Since the Cardinals already have two multi-faceted running backs -- the key cog to the Air Raid -- in David Johnson and Chase Edmonds, they could address a dire need at wide receiver, regardless of whether Larry Fitzgerald returns. They also could fill holes at cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson, on the offensive line, at tight end and defensive tackle.
By trading the first pick, they could immediately fill their needs with multiple second- or third-round picks. General manager Steve Keim found success with third-round picks early in his career, drafting safety Tyrann Mathieu, wide receiver John Brown and running back David Johnson from 2013 to 2015. While Keim missed in 2016 with cornerback Brandon Williams and in 2017 with receiver Chad Williams, he rebounded in 2018 with center Mason Cole, who started all 16 games for Arizona.
With multiple third-round picks, Keim could find the gem he has been looking for recently.
All thanks to Murray and Haskins.