Things will be getting rather interesting for Kyle Murray here in a few months. The Oklahoma quarterback accounted for 52 touchdowns (42 passing and 10 rushing) and just north of 5,300 total yards from scrimmage on the way to being named the Heisman Trophy winner as a junior.
Murray was a first-round pick by the Oakland Athletics in the MLB Draft in 2018 and will have the option of playing baseball while many project him to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft coming up in April.
WalterFootball.com has Murray going as high as No. 13 overall to the Miami Dolphins as they list the athlete as a quarterback/wide receiver.
Many NFL franchises will be going after a quarterback, per usual. Miami is one of the teams that will be revamping its roster under new head coach Brian Flores. Jacksonville, Denver, Washington, the New York Giants and also Oakland, Cincinnati and Tampa Bay should be all considered teams who need a reliable passer.
NFL betting fans looking to the draft have some odds to consider from sportsbooks, including 888Sport and SugarHouse.
Jacksonville (+300): Clearly Jacksonville is moving on from Blake Bortles and that is a move that has been anticipated. Murray’s addition there would make a lot of sense with the style of offense that the Jaguars employ. Leonard Fournette and TJ Yeldon are a nice one-two punch as backs and Murray could come in and bring a new dimension as a read-option quarterback.
Oakland (+500): Derek Carr hasn’t been exactly what Jon Gruden had envisioned after getting his mega payday last season. The five-year veteran has missed just two games in his NFL career and is a warrior when it comes to injuries. However, Carr is averaging 20 passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions over the last two seasons and failed to reach 20 this season with only 19.
Denver (+600): Does one really love Case Keenum? At times two years ago in Minnesota, he looked like a true franchise quarterback. At times this past season, he looked like an average quarterback at best and an injury fill-in. Murray being selected by the Broncos makes a ton of sense considering the need at the position.
Washington (+800): No one knows when Alex Smith will be back from his gruesome injury. The Redskins must improve the quarterback spot. They can’t trot out Colt McCoy and Josh Johnson and expect fans to fill the stands and be excited for the new season.
New York Giants (+1000): Eli Manning will be entering his 16th NFL season at age 38. The Giants have been looking for his replacement for quite some time and have issues along the offensive line. Offensive line will be a main focus in the draft as it appears Manning will be back in New York again this season. However, the quarterback position needs a future replacement for the two-time Super Bowl champion and Murray fits the bill.
Cincinnati (+1000): Andy Dalton is going to be 32 in October and has never won a playoff game as a starter (0-4). His overall record as a starter (67-50-2) is not that impressive. With a new coach in Zac Taylor, there is certainly a high chance that the Bengals go after a new young quarterback in the draft. Murray could be that guy.
Tampa Bay (+1400): After back-to-back 4,000 passing yards over his first two seasons, Winston has taken a step back with just 19 touchdowns each in the past two seasons. Winston, the former No. 1 overall pick in 2015, is on a very short leash in Tampa Bay. Murray could be the excitement the Buccaneers need.
Murray enters the draft with endless similarities to six-time Pro Bowler and one-time Super Bowl champion, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.
Wilson has averaged 3,660 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, 521 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns per season over seven years in the league.
Wilson is a former NC State and Wisconsin quarterback and is listed at 5-11. As for Murray, he also spent his time in college at two schools (Texas A&M and Oklahoma) and is listed at 5-10.
Both players are smaller in stature but can throw the ball well and are highly athletic. If Murray can even resemble Wilson in the NFL, then his career will be a long one. Wilson is one of the most consistent players in the entire league and rarely turns the ball over (nine interceptions and nine fumbles lost per season).