Odds drop on Kyler Murray at No. 1 as NFL draft's top pick still uncertain

Kliff Kingsbury’s last-second smokescreen may have worked after all. With the NFL draft approaching, oddsmakers have become less sure Kyler Murray will be the No 1 overall pick Thursday night.

That wasn’t the case weeks ago, when Murray was being listed as the heavy favorite to go No. 1 overall by most sportsbooks, according to David Purdum of ESPN.

The odds of the Oklahoma quarterback to be taken first overall by the Arizona Cardinals had been listed at -1,200 in previous weeks at FanDuel's New Jersey sportsbook, but were down to -400 as of Wednesday morning.

Odds were even higher at the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas. Murray’s odds to go No. 1 overall jumped to -2,500 before being taken off the board last week.

Murray’s plummeting draft odds may have something to do with comments made by Kingsbury on Tuesday. The Arizona Cardinals head coach said the team was still undecided on who they were going to take No. 1 overall.

Many believed Kingsbury was just trying to create confusion with that statement. Given the gravity of the situation, you would like to believe the Cardinals know who they are taking No. 1 overall.

If it’s not going to Murray, then who else stands a chance? The oddsmakers believe Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams would be next in line.

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Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up before an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)
Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray warms up before an NCAA college football game against Nevada Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas A&M’s quarterback Kyler Murray (1) on the field practice before the start of an NCAA college football game between Texas A&M and Western Carolina Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M defeated Western Carolina 41-17. (AP Photo/Juan DeLeon)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray during the annual Oklahoma NCAA college spring football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) carries against UTEP in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. For Lincoln Riley’s second season as head coach at Oklahoma, the Sooners have to find Heisman winner Baker Mayfield’s successor. So a big part of the coach’s first spring was determining the new starter, a process between last year’s backup Kyler Murray and redshirt Austin Kendall that continue into the summer and preseason.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Oakland Athletics draft pick Kyler Murray waits to hit during batting practice before a baseball game between the Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray talks with the media following an NCAA college football media day in Norman, Okla., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida Atlantic in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws during an NCAA college football game between UCLA and Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, West Virginia's Will Grier, Iowa State's Brock Purdy and Sam Ehlinger of Texas have been impressive and could determine which teams makes it to the Dec. 1 title game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) and Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) celebrate during an NCAA college football game between Army and Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) scrambles against Texas during the first half of an NCAA college football game at the Cotton Bowl, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Cooper Neill)
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury talks to Oklahoma's Kyler Murray (1) after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) walks off the field following a game against Oklahoma State in an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Oklahoma won 48-47. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) gestures to his team during a play against Kansas during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Oklahoma won 55-40. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs for a touchdown ahead of Kansas defenders during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Oklahoma won 55-40. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates on the sidelines after throwing a touchdown against Oklahoma during the second half of the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma won 39-27. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Grant Calcaterra at the end of the first half of the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against Texas on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (center left) is interviewed by ESPN reporter Holly Rowe (left) after receiving the MVP award while head coach Lincoln Riley (right) and Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby (center right) look on after the NCAA Big 12 Conference football championship between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma defeated Texas 39-27. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray hoists the Most Outstanding Player trophy after beating Texas 39-27 in the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game, in Arlington, Texas. Murray was named The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter, File)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray holds the Heisman Trophy after winning the award Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray speaks during an NCAA college football media day on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Alabama plays Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks up, during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field during the College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 29, 2018 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Credit: mpi04/MediaPunch /IPX
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Would the Cardinals actually do that? Despite dropping odds, Murray is still considered the favorite to go No. 1 overall. The Cardinals selected Josh Rosen with their first pick last season, but the team overhauled its coaching staff during the offseason.

While Kingsbury has said encouraging things about Rosen, everyone knows how much he likes Murray. Prior to taking the Cardinals job, Kingsbury said he would select Murray with the first pick in the draft. He actually has a chance to live up to those words Thursday.

Until then, the Cardinals are going to create an air of uncertainty around the pick as a form of strategy. If that tactic is impacting oddsmakers, maybe actual NFL teams will fall for it too.

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DALLAS, TX - AUGUST 30: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders looks on against the SMU Mustangs on August 30, 2013 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 12: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders talks things over with quarterback Davis Webb #7 during game action against the Iowa State Cyclones on October 12, 2013 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game over Iowa State 42-35. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 2: Texas Tech Red Raider head coach Kliff Kingsbury observes pre-game warm-ups before facing the Oklahoma State Cowboys on November 2, 2013 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma State won the game 52-34. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 26: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts after a touchdown during their loss to the Oklahoma Sooners on October 26, 2013 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 9: Texas Tech Red Raider head coach Kliff Kingsbury during game action against the Kansas State Wildcats on November 9, 2013 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Kansas State won the game 49-26. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Offensive Player of the Game Quarterback Davis Webb #7 and Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders poise for a photo after their teams' 37-23 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils during their National University Holiday Bowl Game on December 30, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders gets the Gatorade dump after his teams' 37-23 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils during their National University Holiday Bowl Game on December 30, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JULY 21: Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury speaks during the Big 12 Media Day on July 21, 2014 at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
El PASO, TX -SEPTEMBER 6 : Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders has some advice for Davis Webb #7 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game action against the UTEP Miners on September 6, 2014 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The Texas Tech Red Raiders defeated the UTEP Miners 30-26. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game action against the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 13, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Arkansas defeated Texas Tech 49-28. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 15: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners on November 15, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma won the game 42-30. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 15: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners on November 15, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma won the game 42-30. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
November 15 2014: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury calling over to his players during the 2nd quarter of the Oklahoma Sooners 42-30 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas (Photo by Jacob Coppl/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
AMES, IA - NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders coaches from the sidelines in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Ames, Iowa. Texas Tech defeated Iowa State 34-31. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the field for pre game warm ups prior to playing the TCU Horned Frogs on September 26, 2015 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. TCU won the game 55-52. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury on the sidelines against TCU at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. TCU won, 55-52. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 24: Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders watches the game against the Oklahoma Sooners on October 24, 2015 at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 31: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Justin Stockton #4 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders before the game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Oklahoma State Cowboys on October 31, 2015 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma State defeated Texas Tech 70-53. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
December 29, 2015: Texas Tech Red Raider quarterback Patrick Mahomes (5) talks to Texas Tech Red Raider head coach Kliff Kingsbury before the final drive of the game during the 2015 Advocare Texas Bowl featuring the LSU Tigers vs Texas Tech Red Raiders at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/ICON Sportswire) (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 10: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts on the sidelines during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
10 September, 2016: Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury during the NCAA football game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders watches warmups before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on September 29, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 55-19. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders stands on the sidelines during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on October 15, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 22: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders questions an officials call during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners on October 22, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma won the game 66-59. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury works from the sideline as Texas Tech takes on TCU during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Amon G. Carter Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders watches play during the game against the Texas Longhorns on November 5, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas defeated Texas Tech 45-37. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
AMES, IA – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders walks the field during warm ups at Jack Trice Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 66-10 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
AMES, IA – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders coaches from the sidelines in the first half of play against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 66-10 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II (5) and head coach Kliff Kingsbury walk off the field after after a 54-35 win against Baylor at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
FRISCO, TX - JULY 17: Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury takes questions during the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days on July 17, 2017 at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: Nic Shimonek #16 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the field before the game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Arizona State Sun Devils on September 16, 2017 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 52-45. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury and wide receiver Dylan Cantrell (14) celebrate a touchdown during the Texas Tech Raider's 52-45 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils on September 16, 2017 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, TX. (Photo by Sam Grenadier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Willie Sykes #19 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrate a interception return for a touchdown by Damarcus Fields #23 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the first half of the game on September 30, 2017 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 7: Kliff Kingsbury head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders cheers for his team against the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders prepares to lead his team on to the field before the game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Oklahoma State Cowboys on September 30, 2017 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma State won the game 41-34. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 04: Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury watches on from the sidelines during the Texas Tech Raider's 42-35 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats on November 4, 2017 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, TX. (Photo by Sam Grenadier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders receives the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shoot Out trophy from Texas Farm Bureau Insurance President Russell Boening after the game between the Baylor Bears and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 11, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Baylor 38-24. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 11 : Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders walks on the field during warm ups before the game between the Baylor Bears and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 11, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Baylor 38-24. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs and head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders interact before the game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the TCU Horned Frogs on November 18, 2017 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. TCU defeated Texas Tech 27-3. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts with members of the coaching staff in the fourth quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, AL - DECEMBER 23: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders looks on against the South Florida Bulls in the first half of the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field on December 23, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01: Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury looks up at the clock during the AdvoCare Kickoff college football game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Ole Miss Rebels on September 1, 2018 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts to a defensive stop in the second half during the game against the Houston Cougars on September 15, 2018 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 63-49. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders (center, headphones, sunglasses) watches play from the sidelines during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 29, 2018 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. West Virginia defeated Texas Tech 42-34. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the field during warm ups before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners on November 3, 2018 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech 51-46. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
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