Kyler Murray is expected to enter the NFL draft, basically choosing the MLB over the NFL even though in August of 2018 it was the other way around. The plan between the Athletics and Kyler was for Murray to play one more football season with Oklahoma then begin spring training and start his professional baseball career. After obtaining 4,361 yards with 42 touchdowns and the prestigous Heisman trophy award, that plan has gone down the drain.
Kyler was given a contract worth 4.6 million dollars when he was drafted 9th overall in the 2018 MLB Draft. If he truly decides to go the football route, all that money will not be his anymore. At the age of 21, the dual sport athlete has a big decision to make.
Lets not forget about many others NFL players who have played baseball including Russell Wilson who was drafted out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles. Not as high as Kyler though as Wilson was drafted in the 41st round. Out of high school he decided to go to N.C. State instead where he then was drafted three years later by the Colorado Rockies. Another notable NFL player was John Elway who played for the Yankees class A Oneonta team in 1981. He gave up baseball to go play in the NFL.
Everyone is going to have their own opinion of where he should go, but at the end of the day it all comes down to what he loves, whether thats playing baseball or playing football. If I were him I would go play baseball and heres why. If you enter the NFL draft, ya, you’re going to get drafted pretty early. Simply because you are a Heisman trophy winner with insane pick up. But you enter the draft among a below average quarterback group. Its evident he truly loves the position if he made a deal to play one more season as the Sooners QB over joining the A’s outfield. Will he even play quarterback in the pros? He kind of reminds me of a Braxton Miller type even tho Kyler was more successful as a Quarterback in college. Along with all that, most NFL players have a shorter career than MLB players. Could Kyler be riding on his high horse after having a great year? Maybe, but lets not forget, Kyler never lost a game in high school after winning four state titles. He is definitely a really good quarterback but is also a phenomenal center fielder as last year he hit .296 with 13 doubles, 3 triples, 10 homers, 47 RBI’s, 46 runs and 10 stolen bases in 51 games as a Sooner. We are in for something good the next few months as time gets closer to the draft and decisions have to be made.