After being selected with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the future of Kyler Murray seemed destined for baseball. In negotiations between the first round pick and the Oakland Athletics, the organization granted the request of dual-sport star allowing Murray to return to college for a year of football. Unable to fathom the level of success attained by the quarterback as a first year starter with the Oklahoma Sooners, the A’s found themselves attempting to convince Murray to return to the diamond.
Despite the signing bonus and numerous conversations, Murray’s future remained up in the air with Spring Training beginning on February 21 and the NFL Combine on March 2 (for quarterbacks). Yet, an official decision seemed imminent with the two dates quickly approaching. Although Oakland remained optimistic entering the week, Murray scorned the idea of a future in baseball dealing a major blow to the A’s. The move places the sole focus of the 21-year-old on football for the foreseeable future.
— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019
“Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” said Murray in an official statement released on social media. Wrapping up the statement, the intriguing prospect added that he awaits, “the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that [he is] the franchise quarterback in this draft.”
At this current point in time, predictions have the quarterback being selected anywhere from No. 8 overall to No. 13 overall — and that’s with baseball consuming part of the conversation surrounding Murray. Completely dedicated to the NFL at this point in time, Murray’s stock could rise exponentially if decision makers decide to rethink what a ‘prototypical quarterback’ looks like!