Kyler Murray Expected to Enter NFL Draft

Lynette Rowe
January 10, 2019

That reality, as noted by Baseball America's Teddy Cahill at the time (Twitter link), made the selection of Murray one of the riskier draft picks in recent memory.

With a report that Oklahoma QB and Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray may enter the NFL Draft, the Internet was abuzz with where he might go. The NFL's scouting combine begins on February 26, which Murray will likely attend if he chooses to go the football route.

The report says declaring for the draft does not guarantee Murray will reject his $4.7 million signing bonus he received from the A's, but it increases the chance he will decide to play pro football.

If the Cardinals don't take him, there's still likely several teams in the first round that would use a pick on him.

But his agent, Scott Boras, told ESPN on Wednesday night that Murray "has a baseball contract".

Murray, a two-sport star, was chosen by the A's with the ninth pick of the Major League Baseball draft in 2018 and signed a $4.66 million contract in June that allowed him to play football for the Sooners for one final year before joining the team.

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"I'd take him with the first pick of the draft if I could", he continued.

Declaring for the draft would not affect Murray's bonus with the Athletics as he could still return to them; a source told Slusser there's "no harm" in looking at the NFL. I know he's signed up to play baseball, but he is a dominant football player.

What sport do you think the quarterback should go with? But realistically, it's unlikely Kingsbury would take Murray with the top pick, no matter how big of a freak he is.

Fast forward less than three months, and Kingsbury is now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, who happen to own the first pick in the draft.

The Cardinals may have taken Josh Rosen at quarterback a year ago, but if Kingsbury believes in Murray that much, they should take him all the way and just trade Rosen.

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