Kyler Murray picks football, and just how will he impact draft?

Kyler Murray picks football, and just how will he impact draft?

Kyler Murray picks football, and just how will he impact draft?

Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to throw against the UCLA Bruins at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Murray cited his love of football as his reason for making football his sole pursuit.

Outfielder/quarterback Kyler Murray, this year's Heisman Trophy victor but also the No. 9 overall pick by the Athletics in the 2018 MLB draft, announced today that he will pursue a career in football rather than baseball (Twitter link).

"Football has been my love and passion my entire life", the 2018 Heisman Trophy victor wrote on Twitter. We could even see another team offer the Vikings a haul, likely including multiple first-round picks, in order to draft the 2018 Heisman victor.


Murray will be one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2019 draft and will get a chance to exhibit his skills at the NFL combine February 26-March 4 in Indianapolis and subsequent workouts for NFL talent evaluators ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25-27 in Nashville. The dearth of high-level quarterback candidates in this draft doesn't hurt Murray for sure, and now, we'll have to see how this could impact the Cardinals - picking no. 1 overall - if at all.

However, it's not too surprising, considering the success Murray had at Oklahoma. This isn't the equivalent of Ken Griffey Jr. or Bryce Harper walking away from the game; Murray is hyper-talented but plenty raw-possibly a star, but not a phenom. In fact, he wrote: "I was raised to play QB". What kind of draft class could they form around him? Murray was the ninth overall pick in last June's baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland A's for a $4.66 million signing bonus, money he'll have to pay back.

Murray's baseball deal called for him to receive $1.5 million within 30 days of the deal's approval last summer by Major League Baseball and $3.16 million on March 1. The A's will retain his rights if he does choose to return to baseball in the future. Murray picking football over baseball is no surprise at all; for MLB, that may be the worst part of it all.

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