Kyler Murray Announces He's Entering the NFL Draft

BREAKING: Kyler Murray Chooses Football Over Baseball, Enters NFL Draft

For the past couple of months there has been the growing expectation that Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray would consider continuing his football career into the NFL rather than committing fully to baseball as had been the original plan after being drafted ninth overall by the Oakland A's in the 2018 MLB Draft. Oakland A's position players report to spring training on February 18, so the A's have until then to try to win over Murray.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray says he has officially put his name in the National Football League draft. That means he is about three inches shorter than fellow Oklahoma Sooner and Heisman Trophy victor Baker Mayfield, who came from the same system as Murray and ended up being the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft.

Now we get into the stuff which is causing a twitter frenzy and is open to both speculation and interpretation. Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, Tim Tebow and Chris Weinke. Not only is he good enough to play two sports in college, he's good enough to succeed in two sports at the highest level.

First, Sanders addressed the question about whether or not Murray could do both.

From a health standpoint and from a financial standpoint, baseball is a better long term move. After being selected 9th overall in the 2018 MLB Draft, Murray got a $4.66 million signing bonus from the Oakland Athletics.

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Oklahoma's Kyler Murray declares for the NFL Draft
Heck, even new Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury has gone on record stating he'd take Murray first overall if he could. Not only is he good enough to play two sports in college , he's good enough to succeed in two sports at the highest level.

Murray is in the unusual position of having a choice between playing in Major League Baseball or the NFL.

He never played a first-class baseball game, went back to college, and became the oldest player ever picked in the first round of the National Football League draft, at 28, when the Cleveland Browns took him 22nd overall in 2012.

Murray becomes the fifth member of the Sooners' high-powered offense to declare for the draft, joining running back Rodney Anderson, wide receiver Marquise Brown and tackles Cody Ford and Bobby Evans. Following his only season as an Aggie, Sternberger announced his decision to declare for the draft on January 1, just one day after A&M defeated North Carolina State in the 2018 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. He was singled out as one of the reasons why Arizona may trade Josh Rosen, but the 39-year-old coach said that all that was ludicrous and not happening. Rosen had a bumpy rookie season and would presumably be expendable (for at least a No. 1 pick) if Murray is chosen.

Is it worth the risk to take a player who may not be totally committed?

There are no such guarantees in baseball, since Murray will report as a prospect, but a super star. There was an agreement between the team and Murray that he would play football this year, then skip his senior season to begin his pro baseball career - and A's manager Bob Melvin as well as executive Billy Beane and general manager David Forst closely followed Oklahoma football in 2018. Sanders, however, said Murray should focus on baseball.

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