2. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma 5-10, 195 (1)
Career Statistics: 350-519 (67%), 5,406 yards, 50 TDs, 14 INTs. 207 carries for 1,478 yards and 13 TDs.
Why Kyler Murray Is Here On The List: No matter what, this is going to be fun.
He’s absolutely too small, he absolutely doesn’t have the high-level arm, he absolutely will have to bust through a mold to become something special, and he absolutely isn’t Johnny Manziel, Doug Flutie, or like any other too-small NFL quarterback prospect.
Is he Baker Mayfield or Russell Wilson? No – they’re pro-style passers who happen to be short. Murray is a different sort of baller, and he’s a different sort of winner.
He’s an all-timer of a Texas high school quarterback, he took Oklahoma to another Big 12 Championship and College Football Playoff appearance, and he rose up to fulfill the promise of his elite recruiting hype after transferring over from Texas A&M.
What The NFL Types Want To See: PLEASE don’t be under 5-10 and around 180 pounds … and he isn’t, checking in at 5-10 and 207. Small is small is small, and while he might have all the talent in the world, it’s going to be jarring to see him out there next to Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock, and the rest of the prototype-sized passers.
Bottom Line: This might just be the all-time boom-or-bust pick considering how much of a call it’s going to be to take him in the top ten – or No. 1 overall. No matter what, he’s a massive risk – especially if, say, a Josh Rosen gets moved to clear room for him.
He can play, he can be special, and he can be electrifying, but can he possibly last and get through the rigors of an NFL season? He has unteachable accuracy and winning skills, but … this is going to be a whole lot of fun.