Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Kyler Murray faces tough decision because no option is bad

Kyler Murray faces tough decision because no option is bad

With news that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray will declare for the 2019 NFL Draft, there's now rumblings about potential landing spots for the Heisman victor.

Murray, who was selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft last year by the Oakland Athletics was allowed to play one year of college football with the Sooners.

However, after leading Oklahoma to a 12-2 record and a Big 12 title, Murray's draft projections have skyrocketed, which is likely the reason he made a decision to choose an National Football League career over an MLB career.

Murray is also a -200 favorite to throw a touchdown pass in the National Football League before scoring a home run in MLB.

Entering the draft doesn't necessarily mean that Murray will forgo his commitment to the Athletics, but Slusser and Schulman report that one source indicated to them that Murray is indeed leaning toward selecting football as his profession rather than baseball.

The only problem there is that they chose Josh Rosen with the #10 pick in the NFL Draft just past year.

Murray was the Heisman Trophy victor after signing a contract with the Athletics in June that allowed him to play for the Sooners for one final season.

As of Thursday, Murray is a -200 favorite to be a first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Failure to report will cause Murray to forfeit his $4.66 million signing bonus. The NFL scouting combine begins on February 26.

The Cardinals have the first overall pick and the No. 33 pick. The Texas native batted.296 with 13 doubles, 10 home runs, a.954 OPS and 10 stolen bases for the Sooners baseball team, which led to him becoming a top-10 pick. But it does increase the likelihood he plays pro football rather than baseball.

While NFL teams are technically not supposed to negotiate contracts with players before draft, getting assurances from Murray about whether he will sign will be a must.

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