Kyler Murray won’t throw (unless he does)

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The man who eagerly awaits the opportunity to prove to NFL scouts that he’s the franchise quarterback in the draft will have to keep waiting. Barring a change of heart.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Murray has “several NFL teams that he doesn’t plan to throw at the Combine.” The unnamed sources who shared this information with Rapoport said that Murray “is a competitor who could throw after seeing everyone else do it, but as of last night, Murray’s plan is not to do much.”

While it’s up to the quarterbacks to decide whether it makes sense to work out at the Combine, Murray’s statement from earlier in the month created the clear impression that he’ll be doing anything and everything in his power to prove that he’s the best quarterback available in the draft.

“Football has been my love and passion my entire life,” Murray’s statement declared. “I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft.”

As it turns out, he’ll be eagerly awaiting the next opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that he is the franchise QB in this draft. And that’s ultimately his decision to make; however, his decision not to work out is hard to reconcile with his commitment to football.

15 responses to “Kyler Murray won’t throw (unless he does)

  1. I understand that he doesn’t want to throw to a bunch of receivers with whom he isn’t familiar and take a chance that things don’t go well, but I think teams get that the timing isn’t going to be perfect. This is his opportunity to show that he can zip an NFL-size football, which no one has seen him do yet. Without that observational evidence, people are going to glom onto his hand size measurement and assume he can’t do it.

  2. NFL GMs have 12 games of film on him, the only thing that can happen if he throws is that his draft stock could go down. If this was your son you would tell him not to throw, it’s like playing blackjack and having 20 and taking a hit.

  3. charger383
    Feb 28, 2019, 10:28 AM EST

    He is making fans hope their team does not pick him

    Only if they haven’t seen him throw at game speed which is all that really matters… It would be pretty silly base it off of anything else…

  4. He’s done it his whole college career. They’re the same size.

    Craig (The Hurricane) Tanner says:
    …This is his opportunity to show that he can zip an NFL-size football, which no one has seen him do yet.

  5. You know, going to the combine is an invitation. These guys go there then decide, nope, not going to do X at the combine, I’ll wait until my pro day on campus. NFL should send those guys right back out the door with a one-way train ticket back to their college campus. Wasting everyone’s time by not doing the drills.

  6. joetoronto says:

    February 28, 2019 at 11:00 am

    No sense trying to do something he can’t do.
    Bet he is better than 25 million per year bust Carr. Oakland is going to cut Carr and draft this kid. Just lose baby.

  7. Either participate in the combine or don’t. If you’re injured, document it and then fine, don’t do part of it. Sheesh.

  8. By scaring away teams he’ll make sure that the teams drafting at the top (the bad ones) don’t pick him. This way he can fall to a good team.
    AND … get paid a lot less.

    At this point I’m rooting against him.

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