A's prospect Kyler Murray declares for 2019 NFL Draft

Arnold Nichols
January 17, 2019

That was, of course, before Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, who just happened to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy, declared on Monday he would enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

At 5-foot-10 (1.78m), Murray would be the shortest National Football League quarterback since Doug Flutie in 2005.

About whether Murray, who has yet to decide if he will play football or baseball at the professional level, should replace Eli Manning, Barkley said, "That's above my pay grade". Schefter tweets today that Murray's mind "has been made up", though there is of course still time for a late change of heart. The Cardinals just so happen to have the first overall pick in this year's draft. The Heisman Trophy victor just threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for another 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns at Oklahoma.

Murray was also selected by MLB's Oakland Athletics at No. 9 overall in that league's own draft.

Murray figures to need to decide in the next month, as position players report for A's spring training February 15 in Mesa, Arizona. Along with Haskins, Murray increases the possible early Round 1 quarterbacking pool, which could dilute the market for a possible trade-up with the 49ers.

Mayfield was one of two Browns to make PFWA's All-Rookie team, joining defensive back and fellow first-round selection Denzel Ward.

Murray has 72 hours to reconsider his decision and withdraw his name from NFL Draft consideration, according to ESPN. This would make him the shortest quarterback in the NFL.

Draft experts in the United States have projected Murray as a potential first-round draft pick and, with a host of struggling National Football League sides looking for a new quarterback, Murray may land himself a starting job in his rookie year. A's manager Bob Melvin, executive Billy Beane and general manager David Forst closely followed Oklahoma football this season as the Sooners reached the College Football Playoff, losing to Alabama in a semifinal.

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