The Oakland Athletics expect reigning Heisman Trophy victor and Athletics draft pick Kyler Murray to declare Sunday for the upcoming National Football League draft, multiple sources told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Heading to the draft doesn't mean he's going to decline his $4.66 million deal with the Athletics, however, it does appear as though Murray is looking to prioritize a career in the NFL.
Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. The NFL's scouting combine begins on February 26, which Murray will likely attend if he chooses to go the football route.
If the Cardinals don't take him, there's still likely several teams in the first round that would use a pick on him.
Kyler Murray faces a very interesting decision this week.
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"I'd take him with the first pick of the draft if I could". "I know he's signed up to play baseball, but he is a dominant football player, and I would take him with the first pick".
If Murray passes on the A's, they would not receive a compensation pick for him, but they would retain his MLB rights if he should opt to play baseball at some future date.
And wouldn't you know it, the new Arizona Cardinals head coach has his chance to do just that.
I've already said the Cardinals should take Murray with the first pick now that Kingsbury is running the show.
To be fair, this scenario is highly improbable that a team would give up on a quarterback after selecting him in the top-10 just a year ago, but it does present a viable possibility.