Kyler Murray To Declare For NFL Draft, Leanings Towards Football

Rex Christensen
January 10, 2019

Murray's potential declaration for the NFL draft doesn't mean he'll choose to play football over baseball, but it gives Murray the extra option.

Maybe he was just speaking broadly with cliches or a touch of an overstatement, but Kliff Kingsbury once said he'd take Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

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. I've never seen anyone better in high school and he's starting to show it now at the college level. He'd need to play for next to nothing for at least two seasons in the minors as he worked his way toward the Majors, then spend at least his first three seasons making roughly the league minimum before even reaching arbitration - barring an early career extension (which the A's haven't handed out recently and which Murray's agent, Scott Boras, typically avoids). Some pundits have him as a possible first-round pick.

She adds that another revealing sign could come on February 15 when Murray and the rest of the A's position players are due at spring training.

I'm sure when Kliff Kingsbury was heaping praise upon Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray back in October of past year, he wasn't planning on being the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals just a few months later.

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"He'll be a first round pick", said one GM in a text to Mike Florio.

If Murray passes on the A's, they would not receive a compensation pick for him, but they would retain his MLB rights if he should opt to play baseball at some future date.

That's assuming they can convince Murray to leave baseball behind.

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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