The NFL Combine is underway, and the big news. Kyler Murray is just sort of small.
“This one is tiny like a child.”
So it’s official. Kyler Murray measured in at 5-10 and 207 pounds with his hands at just barely over 9″.
Now that means he can play NFL football?
If you liked Murray as an NFL starting quarterback before, great. He’s a true winner, has the superstar starting quarterback intangibles, and he’s got elite quickness, unteachable accuracy, and the talent to be something special at the next level.
And it shouldn’t have mattered to you if he had measured at 5-9 and 201.
This Combine measuring session helps. He’s not totally puny, just sort of puny, and the hand size is decent enough. But he really is small for the position, and we all have to stop looking to other undersized quarterbacks to justify what he can be at the next level.
Is he Michael Vick? No, Murray doesn’t have that otherworldly arm and he’s probably not going to rip off a 4.33 40. Vick also played at 6-0 and 215.
Russell Wilson is 5-11 and 215 with meathooks that measure over 10″. He can obviously play, but he’s also bigger than Murray. And let’s just call this out once and for all …
If the words Doug and Flutie are ever used in the discussion, there’s a problem with your argument, partly because it’s been roughly 18 years – and the league has changed – since the former Boston College star was terrific.
Murray is an outlier, but all that matters now for an NFL quarterback is if he can play at an above-average level.
Are you going to win a Super Bowl because you have Kyler Murray? Probably not, but the Los Angeles Rams didn’t play in it this year just because of Jared Goff, and the Jacksonville Jaguars weren’t a hiccup away from getting to the show two years ago because of Blake Bortles.
Nick Foles and Case Keenum were the starting quarterbacks in your 2017 NFC Championship.
And now, everyone but Washington currently has a quarterback good enough to win with if everything else is in place.
Do you need to take the chance that one of the smallest top quarterback prospects ever is going to be better than, say, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr, Mitchell Trubisky, Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, Patrick Mahomes, Cam Newton, Matt Stafford, Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Phil Rivers, or that Brady guy?
And is he a better prospect than, say, Tua Tagovailoa, or Justin Herbert, or Sam Darnold, or Baker Mayfield, or Josh Rosen, or Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen or …
Okay, maybe you do think he’s going to be special enough to blow off the otherworldly draft class of defensive tackles and deep talent in the first round to grab him high up. That’s great. That’s your call, but you’re taking a massive chance that you’re bucking history.
Don’t act like he can just passed some major test because he’s not 5-9. The one test he can pass, though, is if he bucks up and throws at the thing.
Let’s clear this one up as soon as possible so stupid people don’t muck up the world with more stupid thoughts.
There’s absolutely NO downside whatsoever to throwing at this thing.
What, Murray is going to get exposed for having a noodle arm when throwing at the around the same time as Drew Lock or Jarrett Stidham? Of course not. His arm strength is more than fine, and any GM will know this because he probably did something crazy like watch Murray play college football.
What, some scout or head coach is going to think, “nope … this guy sucks” if Murray happens to throw a few wormburners in a dumb drill to receivers who he has never worked with?
I do get not running the 40. Pro Day 40 times are always good for an extra 0.1 or more, and I get not doing a slew of the other drills, unless you’re Murray.
If he’s the No. 1 overall pick type of prospect, this is where he can light it up and show it. Go throw. Go look the part of a top pick.
Go run. Go be faster and quicker than everyone else – because he is faster and quicker than everyone else.
And he needs to go out there and declare that, yes, he is an NFL quarterback, Yes, he is potentially one of the most electrifying talents coming into the league.
And yes, he is 5-10. And hopefully it just doesn’t matter.