Oklahoma Heisman winner Kyler Murray is reportedly going to choose football over baseball and enter the NFL Draft. Now what?
The NFL is about to get itself a special talent.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray is going bypass another year in college by entering the 2019 NFL Draft.
But will he blow off baseball and the $4.66 million deal with the Oakland A’s, too?
Here we go …
But where does Murray fit in as an NFL prospect?
First of all, this means he’s definitely not coming back to be the main man at Oklahoma. This opened the door for backup Austin Kendall – who was terrific in spring ball last season and knows the Sooner offense – but he transferred. Now, it’s grad transfer time, or this gives superstar recruit Spencer Rattler a shot and diving in right away.
Or, even though head coach Lincoln Riley doesn’t seem to be interested in bringing in transfers right now, Norman would be a great landing spot for Buffalo’s Tyree Jackson or Alabama’s Jalen Hurts.
Can Murray grow into the No. 1 overall draft pick like Baker Mayfield was last season?
Murray is very, very generously listed at 5-10 and 195 pounds, and he’s not a thick and isn’t built like Mayfield.
Outside of Lamar Jackson, there’s no current NFL quarterback with Murray’s electrifying speed and quickness. But Jackson doesn’t have Murray’s accuracy and passing ability.
Brilliant last season, he threw for over 4,000 yards with 40 touchdowns, almost 900 rushing yards, and 11 scores on the ground.
Would Arizona really bail on Josh Rosen and take Murray with the first pick? The former UCLA quarterback would be the right fit with what the new Cardinal head coach Kliff Kingsbury would want to do, but …
With Jimmy Garappolo, San Francisco isn’t taking Murray at the two, and the Jets aren’t taking a quarterback at the three with Sam Darnold already in the fold.
Would Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock move Derek Carr and try making a splash with Murray? Jameis Winston is going to be the guy under Bruce Arians – no Murray at the five, which means …
The New York Giants at the six? A backfield of Murray and Saquon Barkley? Yeeeeeeesh.
If not, Jacksonville at the seven, or Denver at the ten, or …
We’re talking about a guy roughly the size of Tyreek Hill in the top ten of the NFL Draft. But accuracy is accuracy, passing skills are passing skills, and fast is fast. No matter where he goes, he’ll be an instant jolt of excitement for a franchise.
If Murray really does choose the NFL over baseball, he’s going to break the mold.
It’s a shame for Oklahoma and college football to not have him around anymore, but this is going to be really, really fun.