Kyler Murray

Oklahoma
QB

Prospect Info

College
Oklahoma
Hometown
Class
Allen, TX
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
207 lbs
28 1/2”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

6.25
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Arizona
Cardinals
Round 1 ‧ Pick 1
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Replacing a Heisman Trophy winner is a tall task, but Murray proved to be up to the challenge. He repeated Baker Mayfield's accomplishment in 2018, winning the same trophy after an outstanding junior season. The first-team Associated Press All-American and Player of the Year, Davey O'Brien Award winner, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and finalist for the Maxwell Award played in all 14 games with 13 starts (he did not start against Baylor because he was late for practice). He ranked in the top five nationally in passing efficiency (199.2), passing yardage (4,361), passing touchdowns (42, against just seven interceptions), and rushing yardage by a quarterback (123-1,001-7.3, 12 TD). He became the second quarterback in FBS history (Deshaun Watson, 2015) to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards. Murray signed with Texas A&M out of high school, following his dad's footsteps to play quarterback there (Kevin set many school passing records there in the mid 1980s). Kyler was a five-star recruit and top 50 overall prospect from Allen High School in Texas who went 43-0 as a starter, totaled 14,500 yards of offense, and won the National Gatorade Player of the Year after his senior year from multiple outlets. He played in eight games for the Aggies as a true freshman, making three starts (72-121-59.5, 686 yards, five TD, seven INT passing; 53-335-6.3 rushing). After the season, he joined fellow passer Kyle Allen in transferring out of a struggling Texas A&M program. He decided on Oklahoma, sitting out the 2016 season there as a redshirt. Murray played in seven games behind Mayfield in 2017, starting one contest (18-21-85.7, 359 yards, three TD, no INT). He was the ninth overall pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball amateur draft, selected by the Oakland A's, who presented him with about $5 million in signing bonus. Murray played outfield and hit cleanup for the Sooners' baseball team in 2017, batting .296 with 10 homers and 47 RBI. Murray's dad played minor league ball, as well, and his uncle, Calvin, played outfield in the majors.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1, possible top overall pick
NFL Comparison
Russell Wilson
Overview
Severely undersized, one-year starter with rare playmaking talent that could force general managers to reassess long-held notions about size and style for a franchise quarterback. Murray is like a complex burgundy with notes of Baker Mayfield, Johnny Manziel and Russell Wilson in his play, but like any quarterback, he'll need to prove he can recognize disguised coverages and work on-time from the pocket to go from flash talent to playoff winner. Teams drafting him need to have the right coordinator and must be committed to framing their offense specifically to Murray's strengths and weaknesses, which could require additional roster re-configuration. Murray is an electric talent with a live arm, good mental makeup and the skill-set to produce at a high level in the right offense.
Strengths
  • Never seems to get rattled or overwhelmed
  • Showed ability to elevate his play in clutch situations
  • Plus runner and passer as true dual-threat quarterback
  • Twitchy ball-handler for instant delivery from RPO reads
  • Gets through progressions and won't fall in love with primary target
  • Above-verage release quickness from pocket
  • Lively arm to challenge safeties and attack tight windows
  • Throws catchable ball with good touch
  • Baseball outfielder with "long toss" deep-throw talent
  • Quick with smooth follow-through for easy 50-yard throws in rhythm
  • Effective and accurate when throwing on the move
  • Puts fatigued defenses in a serious bind
  • Uncommon ability to extend plays and make back-breaking throws
  • Most elusive pocket target rushers will ever see
  • Sacked just 18 times
  • Slips tackles and outruns defenders like a running back
  • Torments coordinators with zone-read runs and third-down conversions with legs
Weaknesses
  • Just one season as full-time starter and leader of the team
  • Requires diversity-of-game experience for NFL chess matches
  • Had 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions before final season
  • Short with smallish frame
  • Concerns over durability due to size and playing style
  • Needs to implement more open-field slides when finishing runs
  • Could struggle to see and throw over defenders from the pocket
  • Defaults to low arm-angle throws unnecessarily
  • Will leave feet behind when scanning and throwing
  • Needs better eye discipline to avoid stare-down scenarios
  • Too willing to challenge into double coverage
  • Mechanical inconsistencies can cause throws to sail
  • Needs to prove he can throw on time to the middle of the field
Sources Tell Us

"He's a special athlete, but it takes more than that. We just don't know with him because he's had one year in the Big 12 with a great system. I like him, but I wouldn't be ready to risk my job for him yet." -- Executive with NFC team

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league