Kyler Murray reiterates he’s committed to football

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The biggest question about Kyler Murray might not be his size, but his commitment to football. With baseball still out there as a fallback for Murray, NFL teams interested in him with a high choice want to be sure he’s dedicated to playing quarterback.

Murray reiterated Saturday that the NFL is his future.

“The night I got drafted to the A’s — obviously it was a great day of my life — but I’ve been a football player my whole life,” Murray said, via Jake Trotter of ESPN. “I didn’t know how the NFL felt about me before this season because I hadn’t played.

“Going into this [football] season, [the goal] was to put myself in the best position possible. Obviously, when you win, good things happen. A lot of good stuff happened this year.”

The A’s used the ninth overall choice on Murray in June, and they will retain his baseball rights. But he could go higher in the NFL draft and is expected to become the first athlete ever selected in the first round of both drafts.

Murray said he has “known for a while” that football was in his future.

“I mean, they can hold out all the hope they want to,” Murray said of the A’s. “I’m going to play football.”

36 responses to “Kyler Murray reiterates he’s committed to football

  1. I’ve never wanted an NFL draftee to fail, but I’m really starting to hope this kid fails, because I’m tired of the media continually pumping up a kid that’s the size of a JV QB and who has ultimately played only 1 season of college football (as a starter), if ever there was a player with red flags it’s Murray, he has at least 5 red flags right now.

  2. “A QB doesn’t have to be tall” – Chucky wants him, Davis wants the attention. Book it.

  3. @atwatercrushesokoye:

    First, great username. Also, are you saying you want him to fail just because people who [at least get paid to] live and breathe football think he’s better than you do? What if he comes in and lights it up like Baker Mayfield, another QB who was “too small”? Will you still root for him to fail, then?

  4. The kid’s playing them against each other, looking for the biggest payday he can get. I can’t blame him. Players are little more than meat puppets to the guys who run things, so why not wring them out for all they’re worth?

  5. @broadstbully

    Lets eliminate the height thing immediately, lets say it’s not an issue (even though it is), he’s about 20-25 pounds of muscle lighter than Mayfield. He’s also only started 1 year of college football, Mayfield started for 3.5 seasons. Then there’s the fact that Mayfield faced adversity in losing a starting position, transferring, becoming a walk on, and ultimately winning a scholarship and starting position during his college career. Mayfield also knocked every interview (both media and with teams) out of the park last year, climbing from expected 2nd round pick to first overall, meanwhile Murray has come off as awkward and a little aloof during some media interviews.

    There’s 4 red flags that he has that Mayfield didn’t. It’s not all about his height (although that will be a problem) it’s about a lot of other issues. I didn’t even mention the 6 weeks of “deciding” that cost him a lot of valuable prep time in the weight room, working with a personal QB coach on footwork and taking snaps from under centre, and also learning how to interview well at the combine.

    He’s nowhere comparable to Mayfield, outside of them both being QBs from Oklahoma.

  6. Doe he know step ladders are not allowed on the field? If he wants to play quarterback, he is going to need one. Way too short to be a QB in the NFL.

  7. This guy is coming into the “soft” NFL at the right time. He will be a superstar as the NFL slowly moves to something like the CFL and drop back immobile QBs will be a thing of the past.

  8. atwatercrushesokoye says:
    February 23, 2019 at 8:56 pm
    @broadstbully

    Lets eliminate the height thing immediately, lets say it’s not an issue (even though it is), he’s about 20-25 pounds of muscle lighter than Mayfield. He’s also only started 1 year of college football, Mayfield started for 3.5 seasons. Then there’s the fact that Mayfield faced adversity in losing a starting position, transferring, becoming a walk on, and ultimately winning a scholarship and starting position during his college career. Mayfield also knocked every interview (both media and with teams) out of the park last year, climbing from expected 2nd round pick to first overall, meanwhile Murray has come off as awkward and a little aloof during some media interviews.

    There’s 4 red flags that he has that Mayfield didn’t. It’s not all about his height (although that will be a problem) it’s about a lot of other issues. I didn’t even mention the 6 weeks of “deciding” that cost him a lot of valuable prep time in the weight room, working with a personal QB coach on footwork and taking snaps from under centre, and also learning how to interview well at the combine.

    He’s nowhere comparable to Mayfield, outside of them both being QBs from Oklahoma.

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    Except that he was better at OU than Baker was.

  9. Not to mention Baker Mayfield is 6’1″ 215,pds Kyler Murry is 5’9″ and 195,pds that is a huge difference I think Murry is gonna get destroyed in the NFL.

  10. He’ll be committed until he isn’t.

    If he’s committed he will stick to football even if he falls to the 4th round.

  11. Cardinals will take him. Kingsbury loves him and knows he’s a perfect fit for his version of the air raid. He’ll easily beat Rosen out. Rosen just isn’t a winner…didn’t win at UCLA and isn’t a winner as a pro. Murray on the other hand is a competitor. Even if AZ passes on him, he’ll put up wins for another team brave enough to draft him.

  12. His future athletic success, however great or small, will be as a baseball player. He is not remotely suited/sized for the NFL. Scrawny body and 5’8″ is too small for any spot in the NFL, much less QB. Pretty clear several NFL teams have decided hyping him might induce one of their competitors to “outsmart” the other and Draft him. And one might.It is the NFL,after all.

  13. At one point I was worried the Dolphins will take him like most Mock’s predict. Now my mind is at ease, as I believe (stupid) teams will trade up and snag him long before Pick 13. Maybe this is how Miami finally turns the corner? They have no ammunition to oversign Free Agents and offer Picks to move up. Accidental sound decisions… the Snowbird Patriot Way.

  14. The average height of an American male is 5 foot 9 (yes, you’re probably lying about your height). He may be short for a modern-day NFL QB, but he is not short — just average.

  15. So what happens with this guy as soon as he wants a new contract? Threaten to go play baseball? I wouldnt want to be held hostage by this guy. He looks like he is 5 foot 8 at best. He is tiny.

  16. He was committed to baseball before he was committed to football. I think he reiterated that too.

  17. slick50kc says:
    February 23, 2019 at 11:45 pm

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    Except that he was better at OU than Baker was.

    Yeah for one year. One year. Scott Mitchell. Matt Cassel. I still think Jimmy Garoppolo. Nick Foles. Any of these names ring a bell?

    How about Mark Sanchez?

    Getting my point?

    OP on this one was right – although I do disagree height has to be a handicap. Just ask a guy named Brees.

  18. You know why Height is important ?

    Its because a group of old men sitting at a desk said it was… so it became the norm.

    Height means NOTHING, and to be honest.. it never did. Most coaches just werent brave enough to even look at a kid if he didnt check the Heigbt box.

    Murray three 91 percent of his passes FROM the pocket.

    If he can play…. he can play

    Cade closed.

  19. It will be interesting to see which team may draft him. Will it be Seattle? If they are rebuilding, getting rid of Wilson and his 20 million plus paycheck will help a lot. They also do not have to use the franchise tag on a player who leads his team to a 25th place finish in passing yardage. New York Giants and LA Chargers may also be interested, since they QBs are long in the tooth. So may the Pittsburgh Steelers. It depends on whether teams that pick early will trade down or not and/or how far down he slides. Teddy Bridgewater was not picked until the end of the first round even though he was one of the top quarterbacks he graduated. Johnny Football also slipped down the draft quite a bit before Cleveland drafted him.

  20. The media sure likes to fluff that kid up. It would obviously be a gamble drafting Murray based on his size alone. Then there is the idea that he has flip flopped on what he wants to do. Then there is the level of experience he has at the college level. Statistically, he played solidly, but so did a lot of guys who had more upside and didn’t make it. Does his ability translate to the professional level? That is just the start of questions.

  21. “The media sure likes to fluff that kid up.”
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    So agree! Murray is definitely a story…but reading here and elsewhere, it appears he’s the only story. There are other great prospects at the top of this draft. Including Dwayne Haskins who I believe is getting short changed in coverage.

    Yes, the baseball angle is interesting. The height issue is cute. But the way he’s getting promoted, it almost seems like a coordinated effort with an agenda.

  22. “Yes, the baseball angle is interesting.”
    _________________

    It’s interesting the first time you hear it. “Great athlete in multiple sports. Which will he choose?” But despite how hard the media tries, there is nothing new about that angle the next 500 times you hear it.

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