Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray announced Monday he has declared for the 2019 NFL draft, the deadline for underclassmen to announce their intentions for it.
Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner, could still pull his name out of the draft and opt to play Major League Baseball. Murray was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the No. 9 overall selection in the 2018 MLB first-year player draft.
Count Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury as one of the Oklahoma quarterback’s fans.
An out-of-context quote from Kingsbury about Murray from October made the rounds after the former Texas Tech coach was named the head coach of the Cardinals.
“Kyler, I mean, he’s a freak, man,” Kingsbury said at the time. “Kyler is a freak. I’ve followed him since he was a sophomore in high school. Just think the world of him and what he can do on a football field. I’ve never seen one better in high school and he’s starting to show it now at the college level. I don’t have enough good things to say about him. He’s phenomenal.
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray could be taking his talents to the NFL. Which team will draft him? There are. odds for that. (Photo: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
“I’ve never seen him have a poor outing. Not one, which at quarterback is impossible to do but he’s done it. I’d take him with the first pick of the draft if I could. I know he’s signed up to play baseball but he is a dominant football player and I would take him with the first pick.”
While the Cardinals are unlikely draft Murray with Josh Rosen already in the fold, having the Heisman winner as a draft prospect could make the 2019 NFL draft a bit more interesting for the team.
Odds to land Kyler Murray
Some odds are out for where Kyler Murray could land in the 2019 NFL draft and the Arizona Cardinals are near the top of the lists.
BetDSI Sportsbook has Arizona at plus-500 to select the Oklahoma quarterback, fifth on its list behind the Raiders (plus-250), Jaguars (plus-300), Giants (plus-350) and Redskins (plus-450).
BetOnline.ag lists the Cardinals at 5/1 on its list of odds to draft Murray.
It has three teams ahead of Arizona: Oakland (3/1), Jacksonville (7/2) and the New York Giants (4/1).
247 Sports wrote this about the odds Murray gets picked by the Cardinals:
“Arizona holds the No. 1 overall pick, but according to oddsmakers, isn’t expected to go with Murray after drafting Josh Rosen in the first round last season. That doesn’t mean the Cardinals won’t grab Murray later in the draft should they move up, however. To date, this will mark the franchise’s top pick since moving to Arizona. The highest pick previously came when the Cardinals took offensive lineman Leonard Davis with the No. 2 overall pick in 2001.
“There’s the Kliff Kingsbury angle to this selection too for the Cardinals. His appreciation for Murray is well-documented.”
What NFL mock drafts say about Kyler Murray
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) could be taking his talents to the NFL. Could he be a first-round pick? (Photo: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
Some recent NFL mock drafts project Murray to be a Top-10 selection and the Cardinals, with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, could attract some trade interest if a team were to become enamored with him.
Ryan Wilson writes: “General manger Dave Gettleman sure sounds like he’s content to bring Eli Manning back for another season but imagine the Giants offense with Murray under center, Saquon Barkley in the backfield, and Odell Beckham and Evan Engram running routes. Woo boy.”
SB Nation: Kyler Murray lands with Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 7
Dan Kadar writes: “There is legitimate buzz around Murray, and he could elevate into the top 10 if a couple things happen. Most obviously, he has to commit to football over baseball. If that doesn’t happen, his stock in the draft will drop dramatically. Murray will also have to show teams in meetings he has a good understanding of the game after starting just a season in college. That might be more concerning than his size, which can be schemed around.”
Draft Wire: Kyler Murray taken by Oakland Raiders at No. 27
Luke Easterling writes: “If there’s a team that can afford to take a huge gamble with a first-round pick in this draft, it’s the only one that has three of them. Jon Gruden inherited Derek Carr, and the Raiders have clearly had a flair for the dramatic since he arrived. The only thing that would be more shocking than trading Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper in the same year would be spending a first-round pick on Murray.”
CBS Sports: Kyler Murray picked by New England Patriots at No. 29
Chris Trapasso writes: “Bill Belichick has made a career out of staying well ahead of the curve and inventing new ways to manufacture offensive production. Is it time for him to draft Tom Brady’s heir apparent? Murray has a lot more pocket passing skills than you’d expect for a small, athletic quarterback.”
The Athletic: Kyler Murray selected by Washington Redskins at No. 15
Dane Brugler writes: “It seems more and more likely that Murray will choose the NFL over MLB, which adds another level of intrigue to the 2019 NFL Draft discussion. The Heisman Trophy winner has an electric skill set with his athleticism and arm talent, but at only 5-9 and 185 pounds, his draft value will be hotly debated by fans, media and NFL evaluators. Murray to Washington would certainly add a jolt of adrenaline to an unsettled quarterback situation.”
Pro Football Focus: Kyler Murray taken by New York Giants at No. 6
Steve Palazzolo writes: “OK, here’s where the draft gets interesting. The QB-needy teams are upon us, and there’s a good chance we see movement at the top of the draft come April. The Giants go with Murray who is looking to buck all trends about what an NFL QB looks like from a size perspective. He posted the top passing and rushing grade among quarterbacks in the FBS last season, and the Giants will look to his dynamic playmaking ability to turn around their quarterback position.”
Bleacher Report: Kyler Murray picked by Jacksonville Jaguars at No.7
Matt Miller writes: “The Kyler Murray story is far from over as the Heisman Trophy-winning former Oklahoma quarterback declared for the 2019 NFL draft right at the league’s January 14 deadline. He could still opt to play baseball, but for now, his name is in the draft lottery. Murray is an intriguing yet controversial selection as a Round 1 quarterback. Many area scouts B/R spoke to do not feel he’s a true first-rounder on talent, but one pointed at the direction the league is headed (more wide-open offenses) and the success of Baker Mayfield as a reason to believe he will be selected in the first round even if his talent grade isn’t placed there.”
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray won the 2018 Heisman Trophy following a 50-plus touchdown effort that helped the Sooners earn a College Football Playoff berth.