Athletics Expect Heisman Winner Kyler Murray To Enter NFL Draft

  • Athletics Expect Heisman Winner Kyler Murray To Enter NFL Draft

Athletics Expect Heisman Winner Kyler Murray To Enter NFL Draft

Murray will not play both football and baseball in 2019, and one naturally would expect that the higher he goes in the NFL draft, the more likely he is to pursue a career in football over one with the A's, who picked him in the first round of the MLB draft a year ago.

The Athletics are expecting Kyler Murray, the No. 9 overall pick in last year's Major League Baseball draft but also the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Oklahoma, to declare for the NFL draft this Sunday, Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle report. He led Oklahoma to a 12-1 record and a berth in the College Football Playoff by throwing for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns.

Murray was the first athlete in history to be selected to the Under Armour All-American game in both football and baseball.

If Murray elects not to play baseball, he would have to return the signing bonus but Oakland would not receive any compensation picks in this June's draft, according to Slusser.

Oklahoma star Kyler Murray signed a deal with the Oakland Athletics to play baseball following the 2018 season with the Sooners.

Declaring for the draft would not guarantee that Murray would choose football, and the A's would retain his professional rights, even if he tried the NFL first.

Murray has an invite to the Athletics' spring training camp next month.

Murray could still opt to be in the A's camp, but the National Football League scouting combine begins February 26.

The Chronicle reported that one source told the paper Murray is leaning toward football. Oklahoma lost to Alabama in the semifinals.

Murray's agent Scott Boras was quoted in the Chronicle's story, saying "When you win the Heisman Trophy, you're going to have a lot of information come to you to be looked at", Boras said at the winter meetings in Las Vegas.