Kyler Murray Is Expected To Declare For The NFL Draft

Report: Athletics Expect Heisman Winner Kyler Murray To Enter NFL Draft

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.

ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have noted that Murray could be a first-round pick, and ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday that Murray was getting "first-round feedback" about the NFL.

Mark it down: Thursday was the day the 2019 NFL Draft went from meh to OMG!

The Oakland Athletics expect Oklahoma standout Kyler Murray to choose football and enter the NFL draft prior to Sunday's deadline, reports Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. He could still opt to be in the A's camp, but the National Football League scouting combine begins February 26 and any high-round hopeful would be expected to attend.

"Some see Murray's size as a factor (he's listed at 5'10" but probably shorter than that), but his skill set is so great teams will be willing to take a shot on him.

"I'd take him with the first pick of the draft if I could", he continued. I know he's signed up to play baseball, but he is a dominant football player.

That move would not lock Murray into either sport at this point, but does indicate he may be rethinking his future.

And wouldn't you know it, the new Arizona Cardinals head coach has his chance to do just that.

Texas Tech showed continued interest in Murray and offered him a scholarship once Kingsbury came aboard.

That said, the Cardinals spent a first-round pick on quarterback Josh Rosen last season, and while he struggled throughout much of his rookie season, the odds are against Arizona selecting a quarterback in the first round in back-to-back drafts.

Murray was selected No. 9 overall by Oakland in last year's draft but returned to Oklahoma for his Junior season, where he won the Heisman after tossing 42 touchdowns compared to just seven interceptions.

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