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.
Maybe he was just speaking broadly with cliches or a touch of an overstatement, but Kliff Kingsbury once said he'd take Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick in the draft.
"Kyler is a freak", Kingsbury told KLBK-TV in Lubbock, Texas, back in late October ahead of the Red Raiders' clash with OU.More news: Lady Gaga apologises for collaborating with R. Kelly
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Murray has a definite chance to be a first round pick this April, but some teams may shy away from him because he lacks prototypical size for an National Football League signal caller. "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". Recent reports claim Murray intends on entering this April's NFL Draft. Before taking over as Texas Tech's head coach in 2013, Kingsbury was the Aggies offensive coordinator and helped recruit Murray, who was starring at Allen High School. He's phenomenal. I've never seen him have a bad outing, not one. He wasn't able to pilot the Sooners to a College Football Playoff title, but he still put up impressive numbers against tough defenses all year-long.
The A's would retain Murray's professional baseball rights should he join an NFL team, retaining the possibility he could play for them at a future date if football did not pan out as expected. Josh Rosen, the quarterback who was chosen 10th overall in last year's draft. And that could mean Rosen's job is in danger.