Athletics expect Kyler Murray to enter National Football League draft

Heather Diaz
January 11, 2019

In the immediate aftermath of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray winning the Heisman Trophy, an informal survey of NFL decision-makers resulted in a loose consensus that it will be impossible to determine Murray's draft prospects until he fully commits to football - including full submission to the oftentimes nonsensical grind of the pre-draft process over spring training.

Declaring for the draft would not affect Murray's bonus with the Athletics as he could still return to them; a source told Slusser there's "no harm" in looking at the NFL. That sort of indecision isn't something you want out of your highly compensated first round selection. "All I know is Kyler has a tremendous opportunity to be a great baseball player and he knows that". That reality, as noted by Baseball America's Teddy Cahill at the time (Twitter link), made the selection of Murray one of the riskier draft picks in recent memory.

When the two faced off this past fall, Murray put on a show, totaling 460 yards (360 passing, 100 rushing) and four touchdowns to defeat Texas Tech 51-46. The Texas native batted.296 with 13 doubles, 10 home runs, a.954 OPS and 10 stolen bases for the Sooners baseball team, which led to him becoming a top-10 pick. The history of 5-foot-10 quarterbacks who turn into stars at the pro level isn't is pretty short.

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Earlier on Wednesday, the Chronicle reported Murray would not play both sports due to the demands on an National Football League quarterback. "So, I'm excited to develop that relationship". Adam Schefter appeared on ESPN's Get Up! .

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