2019 #1 Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
NFL Draft Scout
OUTLOOK: Based on the success of Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson, the undersized quarterback stigma could be softening amongst NFL decision-makers. Murray is too intriguing of a talent to pass up. In the past, a player of his size with a professional contract in another sport, such as Charlie Ward (basketball) wouldn’t even think twice about the decision to play football but Murray is such a unique talent, we may have never seen anything like him before. After transferring from Texas A&M, Murray sat for two seasons behind Mayfield, who went No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. You can certainly see a reflection of Mayfield’s game and how it has rubbed off on Murray in his style of play. Murray actually upped him this past season, accounting for a school-record 5,362 yards of total offense, plus 54 touchdowns. The 2018 Heisman Trophy Winner made Oklahoma the first-ever school in NCAA history to have back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners by two different players. An NFL team looking to make a play for Murray must be all-in. First, they must be willing to invest a first round pick in the player and secondly, they must build an offense predicated around his skill-set, which features a moving pocket and plenty of RPO reads. While Murray is small in stature, his heart and passion for the game outweighs all negative aspects and he possesses the skill-set to be a dynamo on Sunday’s.