On Monday, Kyler Murray officially declared for the upcoming NFL Draft despite reports that the quarterback submitted paperwork on late last week. The event completely shook up the top of the order as a new debate rages on…Murray or Dwayne Haskins?
As a dynamic playmaker with the ability to evade defenders, Murray rushed for 1,001 yards on the ground at the University of Oklahoma. Crossing the goal line twelve times, the signal caller displayed elite athleticism. However, the quarterback is not a one trick pony. Dropping back to pass, Murray connected with receivers 69.0% of the time. Racking up 4,316 yards through the air, the Heisman Trophy winner added 42 additional touchdowns.
However, Murray excels when the pocket collapses and breaks down when compared to other draft eligible quarterbacks. It’s one reason Pro Football Focus believes the Sooner will be the first quarterback selected in the 2019 NFL Draft in the most recent mock draft.
Despite height concerns, Murray’s abilities remain worthy of consideration. In need of an electric player at the quarterback position, PFF paired the former Oklahoma signal caller with the New York Giants and the No. 6 overall selection. Assuming the trend holds, Murray will be the first quarterback of the class taken off the board. Of course, the landscape of the upcoming draft remains in a state of flux as the Combine has yet to happen. Afterwards, expect a few teams to trade up in order to meet a need, rearranging and shuffling any and all predictions.
For now, Murray looks to buck any preconceived notions centring around prototypical size and others have bought in. As a first round pick, a big pay day awaits the young star that will exceed what the MLB can offer at the moment. Last year, Quenton Nelson received a $15.7M signing bonus (on a $24.2M contract) from the Indianapolis Colts as the No. 6 overall pick. It’s hard to turn down that kind of money!