The 2019 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, after already being selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft.
Class: Redshirt Junior
2018 stats: 4,361 passing yards, 42 passing touchdowns, seven interceptions, 69% completion, 1,001 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns
Size: 5-foot-10, 207 pounds
Murray originally enrolled at Texas A&M, but transferred to Oklahoma after one season. He had to sit behind Baker Mayfield, but the 2018 season allowed him to start and become one of the best quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft Class.
For his career, Murray has thrown for 5,406 yards, 50 touchdowns and 14 interceptions on 67.4% completion. On the ground, Murray added 1,478 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns over his three seasons in college football. The 2018 season, his only one as a starter, Murray led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff, while picking up the Heisman Trophy on the way. His athleticism and passing ability have gone a long way in making Murray successful.
After the season, Murray decided to enter his name in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he still could pull his name out and opt to play baseball. If Murray decides to stay in the draft, he will likely go in the first half of the first round.
Murray’s greatest strength is his athleticism. This is what got him selected in the 2018 MLB Draft, but also helps him at quarterback. He can make defenders miss when he has the ball in his hands and has the speed and elusiveness in the open field to make any play a threat to be a big one.
His ability to extend plays will help an NFL team greatly. He is able to due this partially because of his athleticism and speed, but also due to his ability to throw on the run. Teams will need to try to keep him in the pocket to restrict his throwing lanes and not allow him to make plays with his legs or with throws downfield.
He has good accuracy when he has time to throw the ball. Murray regularly hits wide receivers within 20 yards of the line of scrimmage with ease. He can fit the ball into tight windows and his accuracy in that range includes throws outside of the numbers. With that, he also has the ability to throw receivers open even if there are defenders in the area.
The biggest weakness that will be brought up until well after the draft is his size. He is listed at 5-foot-10, but will likely measure shorter than that at the NFL combine. With the lack of height, he will have to find throwing lanes through the war going on in the trenches. There will also be questions about his hand size and ability to grip the football, even though he did do well in some cold weather games at Oklahoma.
Processing the defense for Murray has been inconsistent. He doesn’t always progress through his reads properly. This affects his decision-making as well, as he will try to fit the ball into one player rather than looking over all of his targets. In addition, Murray sometimes has too much faith in his arm and doesn’t look off safeties well enough.
Murray can get away from a pass rush if he sees it, but he doesn’t always have a great feel for the rush. Defenders would often get to him from out wide without him being able to see it. He was able to evade a lot of things in college even when defenders did get to him, but in the NFL he may not be able to do so as much. If he gets the ball out of his hand fast and feels the rush better, he can be a much more effective quarterback.
Projected Draft Range: First round-second round