Kyler Murray made waves on Friday during interviews prior to Saturday’s Heisman Trophy presentation when he said he wanted to play in the NFL and MLB if possible.
A player who has exploded on the national stage this year, Murray has the kind of talent NFL scouts drool over. It’s possible his change of heart — Murray previously had said he was going to play just one year of college ball and then commit to the Oakland Athletics — has everything to do with how the NFL sees him.
According to an AFC Scout, who spoke with Zach Barnett of Football Scoop, Murray would have a 1st-round grade if he declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, saying the “NFL is changing and he has all the talent in the world.”
Given the success we’ve seen from diminutive, athletic guys like Baker Mayfield and Russell Wilson, it’s not hard to see how Murray is viewed as a first-round talent now.