National Football League mock drafts project Kyler Murray as first-round pick

Lynette Rowe
January 14, 2019

Murray was taken by the A's with the No. 9 pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft and then went on to play his final season of college football with Oklahoma.

The Oakland Athletics are sending a group of top executives to meet with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray on Sunday in the hopes of persuading him to pursue a professional baseball career as he decides between honoring his contract with the team or playing quarterback in the National Football League, sources with knowledge of the meeting told ESPN.

Compensation surely is another factor Kyler Murray must be wrestling with as he decides whether to play baseball or football professionally.

Some have argued that the guaranteed money he's already agreed to with Oakland would be enough to convince him to stick with baseball and report to MLB spring training in February as the A's hope.

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The Oakland Athletics could rework Kyler Murray's contract to keep him in baseball. Murray is expected to declare for the National Football League draft before the Monday deadline, though doing so in no way would preclude him from agreeing to a new deal with the A's.

MLB rules prohibit players from signing major league contracts, which place players on the 40-man roster, out of the draft.

So while Murray's signing bonuses in both sports could be similar, the risk/reward for his future earning potential surely will factor into his decision. Normally draft picks receive a minor league contract in which the money is non-guaranteed beyond a signing bonus. Murray would have four options, meaning he would need to join the A's full-time at latest by the 2022 season, though Oakland intends to aggressively promote Murray.

If Murray picks football, he will have to forfeit his almost $5 million signing bonus from Oakland.

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