Expect the Two-Sport Standout to Declare for the NFL Draft

Nicholas Cothrel

Two Sport Star: 

Kyler Murray is a terrific two sport standout at the University of Oklahoma. Murray was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He signed his contract with the A’s worth $4.6 million. In his contract the A’s allowed him to play Quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners for one season and then report back to the A’s for the start of his baseball career.

Murray’s first season starting for the Sooners:

Murray took over under center for the Oklahoma Sooners with Baker Mayfield moving on into the NFL. Murray had a lot to live up to, filling the shoes of last years Heisman trophy winner. Murray didn’t flinch, posting similar numbers to Mayfield’s.

With Murray’s first season as the starting quarterback he lit up the stat sheet with, 4,361 passing yards, 42 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He eventually went on to receive the Heisman Trophy Award, giving Oklahoma back-to-back Heisman winners.

Murray is an elite talent at the college level and the pro scouts took notice of his ability. Scouts and NFL executives flocked his way to watch him grow as a playmaker. Only time would tell, if he would fulfill his contract that he signed with the A’s or decide to enter the 2019 NFL Draft and play football.

Murray leaning towards declaring for the NFL Draft:

A report came out by A’s beat writer, Susan Slusser and the San Francisco Chronicle that they expect Kyler Murray to declare for the NFL Draft and pursue football.

If that is the case, he will have to repay back his signing bonus to the A’s. The A’s would lose out on their first round selection, which they used selecting Murray.

Murray’s intangibles: 

Murray will likely be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, but some scouts have reported they are worried about how well his size will translate into the NFL. He is definitely undersized for NFL standards, listed at 5’10” 195 pounds. Although, Murray’s ability tends to play a lot bigger than he’s listed as.

  • Elite speed for a quarterback
  • He can throw the ball downfield as an established pocket passer
  • He can extend plays outside the pocket, with his legs
  • Accurate passer (Completion percentage of 69%)

Murray and Ravens quarterback, Lamar Jackson have similar playing styles coming out of college, with the ability to scramble. Last year Lamar Jackson was selected as the No. 32 pick by the Baltimore Ravens. He received a contract worth $9 million, plus an additional $4 million with his signing bonus. Murray is a more advanced quarterback than Jackson was coming out of college. Murray is likely to exceed Jackson’s contract and be selected before the No. 32 pick.

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