The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is expected to enter the NFL Draft, and the Oakland Athletics believe he is leaning towards playing pro football. The NFL's scouting combine begins on February 26, which Murray will likely attend if he chooses to go the football route. However, having just won the Heisman at Oklahoma and with the idea of what a starting quarterback in the NFL can be and look like, the 5'10 (listed) Murray may have more of a shot at being a high NFL Draft pick than he would've been five years ago.
But his agent, Scott Boras, told ESPN on Wednesday night that Murray "has a baseball contract". Some pundits have him as a possible first-round pick. I know he's signed up to play baseball, but he is a dominant football player.
Last month, on the eve of the Heisman ceremony, it was clear that Murray was torn about which sport he wanted to play.
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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. Heading to the draft doesn't mean he's going to decline his $4.66 million deal with the Athletics, however, it does appear as though Murray is looking to prioritize a career in the NFL. Seems like Kingsbury will have his chance to put his money where his mouth is and take Murray.
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.
Conversely, the No. 32 overall selection in last year's National Football League draft, Lamar Jackson, signed a four-year, $9,471,648 contract with the Ravens and quickly ascended to the starter's role in Baltimore.