Seattle, WA– All eyes were on NFL prospect Kyler Murray last week doing the NFL Combine and critics ripped right into Murray’s interviews, as well as how they felt he would rank among the other quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Murray has been continually criticized for relatively diminutive stature; as he is listed right around 5’10” tall. Despite the detractors, the highly touted Dallas-area product has dodged every obstacle that critics have attempted to build around him. However, when he sat down and was interviewed by approximately ten NFL teams recently during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, a lot of analysts were not pleased with how he prepared for the many questions that were thrown at him.
NFL Network’s analyst Charley Casserly was one of these purported league insiders that was not pleased with how Murray prepared for the interviews, and the longtime former Redskins and Texans’ front office exec made it clear to the world. “Well, he better hope Kingsbury takes him No. 1 because this was not good,” Casserly said. “This was the worst comments I ever got on a high-rated quarterback, and I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve probably been doing it longer than you’re alive. Anyway, leadership — not good. Study habits — not good. The board work — below not good. Not good at all in any of those areas and raising major concerns about what this guy is going to do. Now, people say, we’re going to compare him to Patrick]Mahomes, we’re going to run an offense like Mahomes, we’re going to run an offense like Baker Mayfield. Well, you can’t. Those guys are much different. Those guys, you never question about their ability on the board, you never question about their leadership ability, their work habits, they were outstanding in those areas. This guy is not outstanding in those areas. It showed up in the interview.”
There have been certain reporters, as well as fans that are on the fence with Murray being the number 1 draft pick, mainly because of his less than ideal height, but as a point of reference, Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson proved everyone wrong, by rightfully earning the starting nod under center. After securing the starting position, Wilson lead the Seahawks to back-to-back Superbowl appearances, winning one. That should be enough to motivate Murray to go out there and compete.
In a couple of weeks, his stock could increase or decrease with teams taking a chance on him. All Murray has to do is take what the critics are saying about him and let it motivate him to do better, be better prepared, and take the hits that people give him to mold him into a better leader. If he can do all of that, the former Heisman trophy winner from Oklahoma will potentially be the 2019 number 1 overall draft pick.