Kyler Murray, the Heisman trophy winner, the first round overall MLB draftee, and soon to be first-round NFL draftee has been in the news for his decision to go the NFL route over the MLB route. But the MLB route is not out of consideration. By Murray declaring for the draft this allows him to be scouted, drafted and still have the option of football. Either way I think Murry sticks the NFL route throughout his professional career.
A lot of fans find this to be the wrong decision as the NFL has a shorter career expectancy for most athletes than the MLB does. But with the way game has transitioned to protect the QB’s Murray will be fine. Plus the MLB is no slump to make, going through the A, AA, AAA ranks to hopefully and finally get a shot at the MLB is a lot harder than going to the NFL Combine putting up solid numbers and letting time do its part. Murray is going to have a QB job in the NFL at some point. I don’t think he will come in and be a starter right away, but it does depend on the team who drafts him.
Speaking of teams drafting him. Who will take the very athletic, versatile, Oklahoma Sooners QB this draft? We saw the concern and love over Baker Mayfield last year. Mayfield came from the same program, relatively the same height (Murray is two inches shorter), has a better arm and a better football IQ but Murray ranks up similar to Mayfield. Murray although did throw 4,361 yards last year with a 69.0 completion percentage, 42 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. The kid can run the ball too which makes him a very valuable QB much like a Lamar Jackson but with a better arm. Murray had 140 attempts for 1001 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns last season.
Where does he land?
- Oakland Raiders: The Raiders QB concerns are no secret. David Carr was not happy, Jon Gruden was not happy with Carr and the Raiders need a fix. If they do not land Nick Foles. Murray could possibly be an option but at #7 it may be too high for the Raiders to draft Murray as they have many other concerns to address right now.
- New York Giants: If Dwayne Haskins the Giants projected first round pick either gets drafted earlier or some other team like the Jaguars trade up to take Haskins the Giants could be left with the decision to go after Murray or get an o-lineman.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: If the Jaguars do not land Nick Foles this off-season, they do not trade up in the draft it could make sense to draft Murray. Maurice Jones-Drew former Jags running back did a mock draft with Murray landing in Jacksonville. The Jaguars seem to be moving on from Blake Bortles therefore they need a QB.
- Cincinnati Bengals: The most possible landing spot at #11 this is right around the spot Murray is projected to go in many mock drafts. The Bengals have Andy Dalton aging and they will need a new QB to step in as Dalton only continues to age and regress. Having Murray sit on the bench and watch Dalton for 1-2 years could be very beneficial for his development like a Patrick Mahomes situation.
- Miami Dolphins: With the uncertainty of Ryan Tannehill every season the Dolphins cannot call in Jay Cutler once again or Brock Osweiler to come in fix the damage. They can draft Murray let him get a year of NFL play under his belt and be ready for the following year more experienced and tenured.