Poll: Where Will Kyler Murray Be Drafted?

The long-awaited speculation surrounding Kyler Murray‘s future was answered on Monday when the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma announced his plans to commit to football and enter the NFL Draft. 

This is big news, of course, because Murray was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the first round of the 2018 MLB amateur draft. The team agreed to let Murray play quarterback at Oklahoma with the expectation he would join the club for spring training in February. That plan backfired, as Murray took home college football’s top honor after throwing for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns, and adding 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground in his first season as a starter in Norman.

The success propelled the dual-threat passer into a potential first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and led to his decision to forego his deal with the A’s to pursue the NFL.

The upside is obvious with Murray, who possess Michael Vick-like quickness with a much more honed passing arm. Unlike Vick, Murray has been in pass-happy offense all the way back to his days with Texas high school powerhouse Allen, where he never lost a game in the highest classification in the Lone Star State. His ability as a passer and a runner makes him much more like Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson. Any team looking for a quarterback in the NFL Draft would be foolish not to give the Sooners star a look.

The drawback is also obvious. At an estimated 5-foot-9, Murray would easily be the shortest quarterback in the league. It’s not just the height that gives team pause, however, as he also possesses a slight build that is unlikely to add more bulk. While the height issue might be a little overblown following the success of Wilson, Drew Brees and Baker Mayfield, the slight profile is much more concerning and could make him much more susceptible to injury.

Those factors make trying to pick a landing spot for Murray a difficult task. Early in the process, many mock drafts had the Oklahoma quarterback as a late-first-round pick or a Day Two selection. Now, many of those same prognostications have him going in the top 10 or 15 picks. New Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury also drew headlines when a video surfaced of him saying he would take Murray No. 1 overall when he was coach at Texas Tech. He has since committed to Josh Rosen as his quarterback.

So, where in the 2019 NFL Draft does Murray go. Is he the top quarterback taken? Does he slip to the teens or the end of the first round? Or does the size question push him all the way to a Day Two or Three selection? Let us know your pick in the poll and give us your thoughts in the comments.

 

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45 comments on “Poll: Where Will Kyler Murray Be Drafted?

  1. afsooner02

    Top 10…easily. Other than Haskins the QBs in this class suck…Jax or giants take him….worst case Denver at 10.

    • diller1340

      You mean after they find out he’s 5’8 and not 5’10 like he’s been telling everyone???

  2. of9376

    He might get drafted high but it won’t pan out for him. He will get eaten alive.

  3. RockHauler

    I agree of9376. His last official height was listed as 5’8”. They marvel at Brees and Wilson. Both are a little over 6’. In the NFL those 4” will be a big deal. They talk about his speed but remember in the NFL even the 300lbs DT’s are fast.
    DC’s are smart and will catch up to anything Murray does. See RG III, Newton, and other QB’s who came in with ‘new and unique skills’. All had great rookie years but the league caught up. Question is can Murray adapt with limited advantages?

    • One just has to watch the first half of the Orange Bowl (when the game was still competitive), how this will end in the NFL. Kyler Murray was whipped to the ground by a hand on a corner of his jersey by #33 Jennings of Alabama. Jennings was leaning backward and effectively blocked.

      Murray could be a great long yardage slot receiver, wild cat back but he isn’t going to last as a quarterback against NFL size and speed. He couldn’t even be an every down receiver as his frame wouldn’t support it and he can’t block with that build. He’s just not made for the NFL. Sure, there will be flashes. Flashes do not make the playoffs or win many Super Bowls.

      There are exceptions – Timmy LaRay Smith is the all time leading rusher in the Super Bowl in his first ever NFL start. No one ever heard of Timmy Smith again.

  4. highplainsdriftr

    If he runs a 4.3, Kingsbury would be an idiot not to shop Rosen. Cardinals fans should hope….

    • Digmore

      Trade him to Patriots. Cardinals would enjoy the refreshing change, Patriots would enjoy another 5 SBs. Win Win.

    • Matthew Singer

      First off Kingsbury, Keim, and Bidwill have said MULTIPLE TIMES that they will NOT draft Kyler Murray. They would be foolish to do such a thing when you just got who you think is a franchise qb. It would be dumb to trade Rosen for a guy who will not last 5 years in the NFL because of his size unless he transitions to RB or WR. Second, the cardinals have so many needs that they should probably trade down to get a franchise LT or OG like Jonah Williams and an offensive weapon like Noah Fant or N’keal Harry.

  5. davidkaner

    He’s a better passer than Vick? Well it’s not a high bar nor can he see over the lineman. I would not take him in the first round at all.

  6. Thronson5

    I honestly think the Cards will draft him and trade Rosen on draft day. If they don’t I see the Giants or the Dolphins going after him. As a 9ers fan I pray the Cards take him so they can have their pick at number 2 out of any of the beasts available in the draft on the defensive side of the ball. Really like this draft for guys who can get after the qb.

  7. niclynn18

    Where will Kyler Murray be drafted??

    Nashville. That’s where the draft is being held after all.

  8. Richard Hangslow

    I just don’t see this guy as a successful nfl QB. I wish him well but I don’t see it.

  9. Digmore

    Line of sight is critical for a QB to have success, especially where the field is condensed. Murray’s ability’s will also be limited when forced to throw from the Pocket. As far as where he’ll be picked, it depends on the team it’s players and their Coaching staff. Jacksonville 1st round, Patriots 4th round with the intention of using him situationally. He isn’t going to win any SBs as a starting QB. However, for some teams he’ll be an upgrade.

  10. Max Jackson

    The 5’9″ QB revolution is going to have it’s life cycle just like the hot young head coach. All it takes is a Baker or a McVay and you have a bandwagon.

    A few will pan out, most won’t and then it’s back to the same old sam old.

    Cam Newton and Andrew Luck are big smart players and have been roughed up. Whoever drafts him better have one hell of an o-line.

    • RockHauler

      You’re 100% correct. The NFL is a copycat league. When one tram has success with something, all other teams will try to copy.
      Remember when he ‘wild cat’ was all the rage and teams were drafting QB’s and smaller RB’s to run it. That lasted a few seasons until DC’s caught up to it and it went away. Look at those players that were drafted to run it, where are they now?

  11. murraysons

    Would have to be top ten for him to walk away from close to $5M guaranteed in baseball. He’d have to have had some team whisper their intentions to his representatives where he’d know he’d get paid and get a chance to play right away. That way, he’s protected twice – get paid right away, and get a chance to either be good and continue or realize you’re not going to succeed and still have time to switch back to baseball.

  12. murraysons

    Also, can’t discount the fact that he’d be riding buses playing minor league ball for years vs in the NFL right away – kids been a star his whole life, he’s not going to want to ride a bus to East Bumscrew for a Single A game

  13. HaloShane

    Here is the bigger question….. What ever losing team drafts him, what QB will that lost organization be drafting in the 1st round of the 2022 draft?

  14. RockHauler

    Murrysons, teams wil always tell potential players that they are ‘high’ on their list. How many times you hear players say that a certain team promised they’d draft them in the first round. It’s all lip service. Which is why the NBA has a service that will tell college athletes the approximate position they should be drafted.
    As someone whose been through the process I say he draft is a gamble and you don’t know where you are going until you hear your name called.

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