Kyler Murray made the decision to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft earlier this week and it has sparked a flurry of speculation regarding where the Heisman Trophy winner might be selected.
When evaluating Murray’s game at the collegiate level, it’s difficult to find any flaws outside of his velocity outside the hash marks. Murray is an extremely accurate passer — both inside and out of the pocket, he has incredible touch, excellent deep passing accuracy, a high football IQ, and the speed to make big plays as a runner.
Murray won the Heisman after leading the Oklahoma Sooners to a Big 12 Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff just one year after the team lost 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield to the draft. Murray threw for 4,361 passing yards with 1,001 yards rushing and 54 total touchdowns for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2018.
Of course, projecting a quarterback to the NFL based on his collegiate production is not easy to do. There have been several quarterbacks as dominant as Murray at the collegiate level who have failed at the NFL level.
The major concern when it comes to Murray is his size. Oklahoma has officially listed him at 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, but some talent evaluators have speculated he will weigh in less and measure in shorter at the 2019 NFL Combine. Very few NFL quarterbacks have succeeded at his height and weight. On the flip side, two of the NFL’s best quarterbacks — Russell Wilson and Drew Brees — are not much bigger than Murray. In addition, Cleveland Browns breakout rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield is also not much bigger than Murray.
The New York Giants have recently been lauded as a popular destination for Murray in mock drafts. Both CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus have recently published mock drafts where the Giants land Murray. Because the Giants have been named a possible team for Murray, we decided to break down the 11 things every Giants fan needs to know about Murray heading into draft season. Earlier this offseason, we did the same thing for Ohio State quarterback prospect Dwayne Haskins.
Let’s dive right into it: