It’s being reported that after being selected ninth overall in the MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, the now former Oklahoma Sooner QB, Kyler Murray, announced on Thursday that he will forego his senior season at Oklahoma, and a $4 million contract with Athletics, and will enter the NFL Draft.
I then saw that the Cardinals may take him with the #1 overall pick. Real quick Sooner fans, you all could have two Heisman trophy QB’s who went #1 in the draft, in back-to-back years. That should be illegal! (I’m kidding).
Kliff Kingsbury said this about Murray back in October:
“I’ve never seen him have a poor outing. Not one, which at quarterback is impossible to do but he’s done it. I’d take him with the first pick in the draft if I could. I know he is signed up to play baseball, but he is a dominant football player and I would take him with the first pick.”
Since Kingsbury was just hired as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and Murray is now entering the NFL Draft, is Kingsbury going to have to follow through on that statement?
In all of this, Murray is making the right decision. He balled out at Oklahoma this year and there’s no other way to put it. He went 260/377 for 4361 yards, with 42 TD’s, and only 7 INT’s. Those numbers are up there with the best of the best this year in college football, most of them going to the NFL.
I’ve never seen him play baseball, and he’s obviously good since he was taken ninth in the draft, but Murray won the Heisman over Tua and put up some of the best numbers, at his position, in college football this year.
As I said above, if he went to the MLB, he would be making a guaranteed $4 million, but if he was taken in the top 10, Murray could make $20+ million in his rookie contract alone. He’s making the right decision and I wish him nothing but the best.