Kyler Murray declares for NFL draft

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Kyler Murray is in the NFL draft.

Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback, may now become a first-round draft pick in the NFL after already becoming a first-round draft pick of the Oakland A’s in Major League Baseball. He’d be the first athlete ever selected in the first round of both sports’ drafts.

The A’s are attempting to persuade Murray to play baseball instead of football, and he’s reportedly telling them he wants $15 million to play baseball. It’s still possible that the A’s could sweeten Murray’s offer enough that he’ll decide not to participate in the pre-draft process, skip the Scouting Combine and NFL team interviews, and focus only on baseball.

That wouldn’t preclude an NFL team from drafting him and attempting to get him to change his mind again, but it would be risky to spend a high draft pick on Murray if he’s not committed to football.

By announcing today that he’s going to the NFL, Murray is foregoing another year of eligibility in the NCAA. By NCAA rules, he can’t go back on that, so he’s officially done at Oklahoma. But between the NFL and MLB, Murray still has options, which puts him in a good position.

69 responses to “Kyler Murray declares for NFL draft

  1. If he doesn’t go high enough to make more than the A’s will be willing to pay, he will play baseball and some team will have wasted a draft pick. Seems like I have seen where he would have to go before the 12th pick it his baseball contract would be more lucrative. Is he a top 12 talent? He should be a 4rd round experiment where 8f he can do it, a GM looks like a genius. If he doesn’t make it, it’s a 3rd r ok under and people will forget.

  2. As Michael Corelone said… “It’s the smart move”. Even if he has no intentions of playing football. This could effect whatever signing bonus he could get in baseball. Negotiating tactic.

  3. I’m not holding my breath that he will change any teams fortunes, who might draft him.

    All you need to do is look back at the last 50 years of Heisman Trophy winners and see how many of the QBs actually turned their teams into winners. Or, more importantly, how many of them even had noteworthy NFL careers?

    There are 2 or 3 who had some career success (like Jim Plunkett). But there is not a single Hall of Famer in the entire group.

    If Murray was smart, he’d have taken the A’s up on their offer.

  4. The A’s/Beane blew it when they allowed Murphy to play football in 2018. Terrible waste of a high first round pick. A 5’8″ skinny QB is not going to be drafted in R1, absent a Manziel (the Browns are no longer stupid losers) or Tebow. H will likely be a gadget player of some kind and drafted in R3 or lower.

  5. I know it’s a different sport but I believe it was Bobby Knight is college basketball who once famously said – I can teach them how to pass, I can teach them how to dribble and I can teach them how to shoot but you can’t teach height – you either got it or you don’t. I’m sure this kid is a terrific athlete but at 5-8 (and that’s probably kind) he can’t play QB in the NFL

  6. I’m not holding my breath that he will change any teams fortunes, who might draft him.

    All you need to do is look back at the last 50 years of Heisman Trophy winners and see how many of the QBs actually turned their teams into winners. Or, more importantly, how many of them even had noteworthy NFL careers?

    There are 2 or 3 who are or having or had some career success (like Jim Plunkett, Cam Newton, etc.). But there is not a single Hall of Famer in the entire group.

    If Murray was smart, he’d have taken the A’s up on their offer.

  7. Um yeahhhhh that’s a ‘no’ from me on spending a high draft pick.
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    How about ANY draft pick?

  8. Until he announces he’s giving up ALL baseball aspirations, no football team will be foolish enough to draft him in the first two rounds, even if he’s graded as a first rounder. A GM can’t afford to waste a high draft pick on somebody that might not even show up to training camp.

    Basically, Murray needs to make a career decision right now and commit to one sport. Both will probably set him financially comfortable.

  9. People clowning him because the “A’s refused to give him $15 Million” are at the bottom of the intelligence barrel. A rumor is just that, a rumor. And people wonder what’s wrong with our country/world. As shown above it’s the Ungulates that occupy our planet.

  10. Kyler declaring is just a formality. It means nothing at this point. He had to put his name in the mix by today. He still may play baseball, he just still has all his options on the table.

  11. I love it. Gives me another reason to rip on the kid now. No NFL QB talent in him. Maybe as a punt returner ala Ryan Switzer in Pittsburgh but I won’t hold my breath.

    Now I wait for him to pull a Lamar Jackson and tell everyone at the combine he refuses to switch positions and will only play QB. Good luck with that one kid.

  12. Best scenario is he pulls a hamstring in spring training trying to steal second and has to skip the combine. Some idiot GM takes a 6th round flyer without a workout.

  13. Belichick will definitely give him a look-see. If anyone can develop a college QB into an NFL one, it’s Belichick.

  14. If he can’t hit a MLB curve ball, play football. Brian Jordan tried football only to jump to baseball full time. I heard him say that NFL QBs are required to do a lot and this could interfere with baseball (different for a safety or RB). We do know he throws the ball well.

  15. I don’t know what his plan exactly… but if Tim Tebow can play baseball after his football career I am extremely confident this guy can.

    If I were him I would choose baseball… no salary cap… different leagues with chances for advancement… and all ready being paid very 4.5 million before stepping on an MLB field. His indecisiveness will cause teams to to not want to risk a high draft pick, for a QB that may need Tommy John or tear an ACL as a result of playing baseball.

  16. No, but he’ll get $35 guaranteed as a top 10 pick, so it’s smart. I read it here from some poster.

    I think he goes undrafted. Who’s going to waste a 1st rounder on a 5’8″ QB, let alone one who might leave for baseball at any time.

    And if you spend a 2nd or later on him, well, then you’ll be giving him a worse deal than his current baseball signing bonus! So nix on that too.

  17. I would rather see Miami trade for Rosen then draft this guy. He is too small. That is IF we cant get Foles somehow

  18. My bet is that where he ends up being drafted will determine his choice. First round, to the NFL, 2nd round could go either way. 3rd round, baseball.

  19. And how could any team that invests a high draft pick on him be so sure that he won’t change his mind again and head off to MLB?

  20. Sounds like a Scott Boras tactic. Not sure why am NFL team would spend a high draft pick without assurances he will play football. Otherwise they waste a draft pick.

    And Oakland already drafted and paid Murray based upon Murray’s assurance that he would give up football after one more year at Oklahoma.

    If I were Oakland, I would “sweeten the pot” just a little as a happy employee is a motivated employee. So try a little longer, but if he continues down this path and/or fails to show up for spring training make him repay what paid him. Call his bluff and make sue he is all in.

    I can’t see someone who is going to be a franchise QB do the job “on the side” while he plays another sport. Its hard enough for a running back or a defensive back, but a QB?

  21. I could see him going in the 1st round to the Ravens. I think it’s only a question of when Lamar Jackson gets hurt.They’d then have 3 RPO Heisman winning QBs who they can treat like disposable cigarette lighters.

  22. Jags, niners, panthers, bills, bucs, skins, giants, bengals, dolphins, cardinals, broncos and pats all need QBs

  23. While this kid is a very talented athlete, asking the Athletics for 15 million dollars to not enter the NFL draft shows he also has a huge ego.

  24. The Redskins traded a second and a three round pick for a declining 34 year old Donovan McNabb. Shortly thereafter, the Redskins traded three first round picks and a second round pick to be able to draft a gimmick system quarterback named RGIII. More recently, the Redskins failed to re-sign their twice franchised quarterback and instead traded a third round pick and a talented young corner for a brittle 34 year old quarterback, coming off a career after playing in KC’s high octane offense. A long way of saying look for the Washington Redskins to use the 15th pick in the draft on a 5’8” quarterback who will bail for the Major Leagues after flaming out in the NFL. So predictable you can set your watch to it.

  25. Good. Better than being forced to stay in the minors so that the parent club can retain his rights forever, then getting called up in 3 years so he can play for below market value. He’s projected first round so he’ll get paid more than that A’s signing bonus.

  26. I wish him well in whatever he decides to do. How many of us have to decide “ok, am I going to take this job that is going to pay me millions or that job that is going to pay me millions”? I mean come on now. Remember Danny Ainge played for the Seattle Mariners in MLB before he went to the Boston Celtics & Sacramento Portland and Phoenix of the NBA where he won. NOW THAT is a transition.

  27. 1)Look at the number of Heisman trophy winning QB`s with good NFL careers.
    2)Look at the number of QB`s 5′ 10″ (or smaller) that had good NFL careers.
    3)Look at the number of QB`s with only 500 college passes that had good NFL careers.

    That is the kind of long shot parlay you gamble a 5th-7th round pick on but if you bet a 1st-2nd on those odds paying off there is a much better chance the GM loses his job than wins anything. He`s not only short but thin.He won`t be durable enough for a 16 game schedule in the NFL imo so i wouldn`t use anything more than a 5th or 4th if i was just desperate for a short term spark at QB

  28. campcouch says:
    January 14, 2019 at 6:01 pm
    Good. Better than being forced to stay in the minors so that the parent club can retain his rights forever, then getting called up in 3 years so he can play for below market value. He’s projected first round so he’ll get paid more than that A’s signing bonus.
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    1)He has to be a top 12 pick to beat the A`s contract
    2)At his size he should be thinking about long term earning potential not signing bonus and 9 times out of 10 that`s baseball.Wait for the Harper & Machado contracts for proof.
    3)4.6 million to play baseball all summer isn`t as bad as you make it out to be.And the average NFL salary is 1.9 and the average baseball is 4.0

  29. The next question is whether he will allow the NFL to measure his height and weight at the Combine. He could bulk up some to get up to 190#, but he can’t get any taller unless he spends some time in zero G.

  30. Dewey Cox says:
    January 14, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    Jags, niners, panthers, bills, bucs, skins, giants, bengals, dolphins, cardinals, broncos and pats all need QBs


    49ers really don’t; Beathard isn’t special but Garappolo and mullins are not bad at all. Not in the QB market, especially not for a 5-8 media hype job.

  31. OK, let me know if I have this right.
    – Kyler Murray is demanding $15 million from the A’s, with the understanding that he can bolt for the NFL at any time
    – Kyler Murray believes he will be drafted early in the first round, with the understanding that he can bolt for baseball at any time

    I think he needs to make up his mind.

  32. Top ten pick guaranteed. Especially with the way team reach for QB’s every draft. I can see the Giants taking him to pair with Barkley, Beckham, and Engram

  33. He played OK for the Oklahoma baseball team but just OK. He’s not a definite star as a pro in either sport.

  34. thetooloftools says: “Remember Danny Ainge played for the Seattle Mariners in MLB”
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    No, but I do remember him with the Toronto Blue Jays…

  35. Kyler Murray could go undrafted, teams may not want to pick him in the first couple of rounds because of flight risk and he will refuse to report if he slips to 3rd round or lower.

    Dude should stick to baseball.

  36. So Murray wants to play money ball with Billy Beane and the A’s? I want to see Murray hit a Champman 100 mph fastball for that 15 million.

  37. finzfan49 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 4:19 pm
    I would rather see Miami trade for Rosen then draft this guy. He is too small. That is IF we cant get Foles somehow
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    That might be a bit hard to do given the fact Arizona has no interest in trading QB Josh Rosen. Literally every move they’ve made thus far is all about getting the right staff around Josh Rosen & this off-season will be about adding talent to the OL fixing it & adding 3-4 more dynamic offensive weapons to the passing game.

  38. natureboy123 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 6:56 pm
    Dewey Cox says:
    January 14, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    Jags, niners, panthers, bills, bucs, skins, giants, bengals, dolphins, cardinals, broncos and pats all need QBs

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    The Pats only if he’s willing to sit on the bench for 2+ years. Which might not be a bad thing.

    They do need someone who could be the future. Hoyer isn’t, he knows it and is happy with his role. I’d rather go through another Jimmy G situation than have nothing in reserve when TB hangs it up.

    If this kid is as good as he thinks he is, the Pats will never get the opportunity to draft him. The teams you put in front of the Pats need someone today not a couple of years down the road.

  39. minnesotablizzard says:
    January 14, 2019 at 3:41 pm
    Baseball is SO boring. Football is what gets the blood pumping.

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    May I ask how old you are? The reason I ask is that I am in my mid 60’s and we grew up playing baseball all the time. I love the game and think it’s anything but boring, especially when you play it. That said, the way it’s played today has really turned off many people. It has become a game of home runs, walks, and strikeouts. So I understand where you are coming from.
    I also think the generation which grew up in the 80’s and after have grown up playing video games and the like, which we never had. I think they have been conditioned to love fast-paced, non-stop excitement, which makes it totally understandable why they think baseball is boring. It’s a shame that many young people think that it’s boring, to me, because it is a great game when it is played the way it was when I was growing up.

  40. You have to believe this is Boras looking for a bit of money or Spring Training Invites etc…As wacky as NFL GMs and their upside fetish can be, the idea of wasting a High pick on a QB as short as Murray seems highly improbable. He makes Drew Brees look tall. Baseball is a challenge that cannot be overcome by mere athletic talent. Years of skill development and then the sheer hope that one can actually hit in the Major Leagues make for a crapshoot. Obviously, the A’s see something in Murray. He is a smart young man and a hard working and disciplined player. Baseball is his best choice on many levels. And it is less of a choice than all this makes it out to be . 5’8″ NFL QBs are better known as 3rd Down Backs/PR/KR. Play Ball!

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