2018 Heisman trophy winner and Oklahoma Sooners QB Kyler Murray has officially declared for the 2019 NFL draft.
Murray announced yesterday via twitter, “I have declared for the NFL draft.”
Kyler Murray was previously taken in the 2018 MLB draft last summer by the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics were aware of his interest in both sports and allowed him to play one year of collegiate football with the Oklahoma Sooners despite him already having a signed MLB contract with them. What the Athletics did not expect was for Kyler Murray to go on and win the Heisman trophy, subsequently raising his draft stock in the upcoming NFL draft.
Murray declaring for the 2019 NFL draft does not violate his contract’s terms and conditions with the Oakland Athletics, however. If Murray was to follow through and pursue the NFL fully, he would simply have to forfeit his 4.6 million dollar signing bonus the A’s gave him last summer when he signed. This isn’t the end for the Athletics though, they still have the opportunity to change his mind within the next 72 hours.
Despite the obtaining the highest honor you can receive in football at the collegiate level, the Heisman trophy, many NFL teams and scouts have their doubts on him. Murray, who is listed at only 5-foot-10, isn’t necessarily the desired height for an NFL quarterback. Only 107 quarterbacks have been taken in the first round of the NFL draft since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Out of those 107, only ONE has been below 6-feet tall. However, height at the quarterback position is becoming more and more flexible with players like 6 time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson (5-feet11) and future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees (6-feet).
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