Everyone is following Kyler Murray’s career path.
Murray was selected ninth in the 2018 MLB Draft and despite a $4.66-million signing bonus, the A’s allowed Murray to complete his junior year at Oklahoma, where he eventually won the Heisman Trophy. Now, Murray has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft. So does this mean he has chosen football over baseball? Not necessarily, but he will have to make his decision soon.
Murray is not the biggest guy around and in order for an NFL team to select him as a premium pick he will need to make it clear in pre-draft team interviews that he is committed to football in order for them to feel confident taking him on the opening night of the draft.
The February 6th to March 4th dates will be telling. Oakland invited Murray to participate in their spring training which overlaps with the NFL Combine. If Murray decides to leave spring training early to attend the combine then he will be in breach of contract and would likely have to pay back his signing bonus.
Murray is a good MLB prospect, but not a great one. As for football his height and weight is on the smaller side which doesn’t mean he can’t succeed in the NFL, but it does play against him. So what should Murray do? Perhaps the only truly qualified people to offer him advice are the select few who have been in a similar position before. And that includes Deion Sanders, who is the only athlete to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series.
From his own experience, Deion Sanders advises Kyler Murray to choose baseball. pic.twitter.com/Ouq6UBQyKi
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 15, 2019
“If I was in his shoes, I’m picking up the baseball bat, and I’m not looking back. … That’s just for me. Sometimes, I still have regret that I didn’t give it more, but you know, I’ve got a gold jacket in the closet. I’m straight. But I wish I would have given it more.
“But for Kyler, that’s tough at his position, and I don’t think he realized the ridicule you go through once you declare and say, ‘I’m gonna be a football player.’ Now, people start talking about your height, your size, what you can’t do — he hadn’t dealt with that yet. I think he could do whatever he wants to do; he’s that kind of athlete.”
Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback and baseball player in the New York Yankees organization, spoke similarly of Murray’s potential for success regardless of his decision, saying:
“When it’s all said and done, what impact did you make and where did you make it? And I think that he’s going to be able to make an impact everywhere. I think that he’s going to be special no matter what he does.”
The chances of Murray playing both sports professionally are extremely slim. The standard NFL contract prohibits players from participating “in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury”.
With the NFL Combine and Spring training just around the corner, we will soon find out what sport Kyler Murray has picked…