Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and Heisman trophy winner, Kyler Murray, decides to enter the NFL draft rather than play baseball for the Oakland Athletics. Murray is a junior at the University of Oklahoma and had an outstanding season in both baseball and football.
Murray was the backup quarterback for the Sooners until this season and was drafted ninth overall by the A’s, projected to play for the A’s during the 2019 season. That was until Murray had an outstanding year as the Sooners QB, including winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the Sooners to a College Football Playoff berth.
After his great season, Murray asked the A’s organization to offer him an 18 million dollar contract in order for him to guarantee himself to play for the team. The A’s were not willing to pay 18 million dollars for Murray's requested contract, having him enter the NFL draft. Murray now has three days to back out of the draft, and if not, he will be entered as possibly one of the lottery picks for many different teams.
Teams such as the New York Giants and the Jacksonville Jaguars are highly interested in picking a quarterback come draft day, and now with Murray in the quarterback discussion, the question is where will Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins go? Haskins was a lethal passing quarterback for the Buckeyes leading them to a Rose Bowl win over the Washington Huskies.
Murray has the opposite playstyle as Haskins. Murray dominates on the ground using his quickness to get past the defensive lineman and into the secondaries of many of the top college defenses in the country.
The Giants may consider taking Haskins 6th overall because of his great pocket passing ability along with his strong arm to go with the Giants dominate receivers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. The Giants have just gained a running game with their recent #2 overall pick; Saquon Barkley putting up huge numbers on the season and being the clear favorite for rookie of the year.
The Jaguars are looking for a new quarterback such as Murray who can extend a play and find an open receiver which Murray excelled at in college. The Jaguars, after making the playoffs last year, had a terrible offensive season continuing to struggle to throw the ball with quarterback Blake Bortles having more interceptions thrown than touchdowns.