Kyler Murray picked soccer. Now, who’s going to choose Murray within the 2019 NFL Draft?
Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma who was chosen within the first spherical of final yr’s MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, announced his intentions to pursue a profession within the NFL as a quarterback as an alternative of the MLB as an outfielder. That ought to draw curiosity from numerous groups on the NFL Scouting Combine, the place Murray would be the most anticipated participant later this month.
With that in thoughts, listed here are 5 groups that ought to pursue Murray, and 5 that ought to maintain off, within the first spherical of the 2019 NFL Draft. The groups are so as of the place they choose.
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The Raiders have to have one thing to indicate for the trades that despatched Khalil Mack to Chicago and Amari Cooper to Dallas, and Murray would give coach Jon Gruden some leash with which to work. It’s a stretch to take Murray at No. Four given the pass-rush wants Oakland has with out Mack, however these different two picks as a part of a bundle can be simple to place collectively if Murray falls into the precise spot.
Choose: No. 7
This permits the Jaguars to maneuver on from Blake Bortles, who’s 24-49 as starter, together with a 10-6 rcord in 2017. Bortles struggled with inconsistency final season, and the offense didn’t evolve. A pairing of Murray and Leonard Fournette can be robust for defensive coordinators, and that could be a mission value taking over for brand spanking new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. We additionally wouldn’t thoughts seeing Deshaun Watson, Andrew Luck, Marcus Mariota and Murray in the identical division.
Choose: No. 11
New coach Zac Taylor can put Murray into an offense that already options Joe Mixon and A.J. Inexperienced, which would create some much-needed pleasure in Cincinnati. Andy Dalton nonetheless has two years left on his contract, and buying and selling the veteran quarterback can be an possibility. Drafting Murray would enable the Bengals to maneuver additional from the Marvin Lewis period, and if it appears too dangerous, simply take a look at the influence Baker Mayfield made in Cleveland and the one Lamar Jackson made in Baltimore.
Choose: No. 13
That is the place SN’s latest mock draft puts Murray, who would supply new coach Brian Flores a purpose to maneuver on from Ryan Tannehill. New offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea would have an thrilling expertise to work with, and the fan base would rally behind a brand new quarterback. Miami has drafted 4 first-round quarterbacks in franchise historical past. Two — Bob Griese and Dan Marino — reached the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.
Choose: No. 15
This can be a difficult one, as a result of it suggests Alex Smith may not be again from his critical leg harm in 2019. Colt McCoy is also underneath contract, however he received’t get Washington close to playoff rivalry. Murray would give the group an opportunity to maneuver ahead and might study from each Smith and McCoy on this offense. Hey, Joe Theismann was listed at 6-0.
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Choose: No. 1
We’re conflicted. The Playing cards have already got a first-round quarterback in Josh Rosen, who made 13 begins as a rookie final yr however ought to profit from a new offensive philosophy underneath coach Kliff Kingsbury. That does not imply there shouldn’t be a dialog round QB with the No. 1 choose within the draft. Kingsbury, nevertheless, can be discarding one franchise quarterback for an additional, and except Murray blows away the Cardinals on the Mix, then it is higher to proceed with Rosen, who not less than deserves a flip within the new scheme. Plus, Arizona has extra wants than simply quarterback, and Nick Bosa may also help with that.
New York Giants
Choose: No. 6
Dwayne Haskins makes extra sense for the Giants as a first-round quarterback and is a choose Giants GM David Gettleman is extra more likely to make. Haskins put up record-setting passing numbers at Ohio State, nevertheless it would not damage for him to sit down a yr behind Eli Manning. The group that drafts Murray goes to be pressured to play him immediately. Regardless of the temptation to place Murray, Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. on the sphere concurrently quickly as potential, Haskins will present why he is the higher choose after a while.
Choose: No. 8
Murray just isn’t a higher possibility than Matthew Stafford, who has not declined sufficient (possibly even in any respect) to warrant this sort of determination. The Lions fell to 25th within the NFL in scoring offense final yr, however that was extra a product of a floor assault that generated simply 11 dashing touchdowns. Detroit has wants in different locations, and it can discover an elite pass-rusher or assist the secondary with this choose. Quarterback can be a attain.
Choose: No. 10
The Broncos are the final group with a top-10 choose, and they’re out there for a quarterback who can get the franchise again on observe after back-to-back shedding seasons. Drew Lock is the in style Denver first-round choose in mock drafts, as GM John Elway reportedly is a huge fan of the Missouri quarterback. Lock makes extra sense than Murray for the Broncos.
New England Patriots
Choose: No. 32
We speculate about this yearly, and the Patriots all the time move on a first-round quarterback; they have not drafted one since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. Taking Murray at No. 32 this yr would place undue hypothesis on Tom Brady’s retirement. With that stated, if the Patriots wish to draft Murray and commerce him for extra picks — they have already got two second-rounders — they might place themselves for a QB within the subsequent few drafts, after Brady truly does retire. (Trevor Lawrence, anybody?) Do not be shocked if Invoice Belichick has that type of scheme in thoughts.