National Football League draft: Potential 1st-round landing spots for Kyler Murray

National Football League draft: Potential 1st-round landing spots for Kyler Murray

National Football League draft: Potential 1st-round landing spots for Kyler Murray

The Heisman Trophy winning Oklahoma quarterback has to choose whether he wants to enter the 2019 NFL Draft or report to spring training with the Oakland Athletics and begin his baseball career.

Murray was drafted ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft and has a $4.66 million bonus with the Oakland A's.

"Kyler is a freak", Kingsbury said this past October before his Texas Tech team faced Murray's Oklahoma.

For good measure, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport did toss some cold water on that by stating he spoke to a Cardinals source who said that trading Rosen was "ludicrous" and "not happening".

Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman of The Chronicle reported Wednesday that a source with knowledge of the situation said Murray "will have to pick one sport because the demands of learning and playing quarterback in the National Football League would preclude him from playing professional baseball".

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In December, at least five National Football League personnel executives - all of them general managers or scouting directors - told FanSided they believe that Murray could be drafted somewhere in the first or second round. The NFL's scouting combine begins on February 26, which Murray will likely attend if he chooses to go the football route. "You can be pro in one sport and amateur in the other, as we know".

Murray was the first athlete in history to be selected to the Under Armour All-American game in both football and baseball. In late November, Marc Tracy of The New York Times revealed that ESPN's Todd McShay believed Murray would be a first-round pick.

If Murray choses football and does not play baseball, he would have to pay back his signing bonus to the A's, who would retain Murray's draft rights if he played in the NFL. The Cardinals hold the No. 1 overall pick.

One thing is clear: if Murray declared, it would make the Jags' offseason that much more interesting despite him not necessarily being Coughlin's type.

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