Murray opts into NFL Draft but baseball remains an option

Murray opts into NFL Draft but baseball remains an option

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray has been making headlines this week thanks to his decision to enter the National Football League draft. That's a conundrum for Murray, who may easily wind up making more money in the majors. Schefter tweets today that Murray's mind "has been made up", though there is of course still time for a late change of heart.

But it's exactly that last guy I listed - Baker Mayfield - who leads me to have tremendous confidence in Murray's ability to warrant a first-round pick and become a franchise quarterback.

In June of 2019, the Oakland A's selected Kyler Murray with the 9th pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. Although he played for a 5-11 Giants team, Barkley dominated opposing defenses to post 1,307 rushing yards, 721 receiving yards, and 15 total touchdowns in his debut season.

Murray earned a $4.66 million signing bonus when he joined the Athletics, a sum that he would be required to return should he opt to switch to the NFL.

Broncos Blitz podcast host Ronnie Kohrt dives into the curious case of Murray, who is a two-sport athlete beginning to flourish in the football ranks. Position players for the A's report to spring training on February 15 in Arizona, while the National Football League combine begins February 26 in Indianapolis.

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While Murray has entered his name into the National Football League draft, he still has 72 hours during which he can chose to pull out. And Murray certainly has the potential to be one of the faces of the NFL.

Mayfield was named the Rookie of the Year.

Callis and other observers say it is very unlikely Murray will be able to play both sports because he's a quarterback.

In short, Murray is more explosive and elusive as a runner than Mayfield, but has also shown he can make the same throws that Mayfield could in the same offense.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.

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