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Report: Several NFL execs believe Kyler Murray will be first-round pick

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 2/10/2019 Steve DelVecchio, Larry Brown Sports
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There are plenty of question marks surrounding Kyler Murray as an NFL quarterback, but the way scouts view him is not nearly as important as the way team executives feel about the former Oklahoma star. For that reason, Murray still has a great shot at being taken in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Jason Cole of FanSided spoke with six NFL executives who believe there’s a good chance Murray will be a first-round pick. However, he will obviously have to commit to playing football before any team invests that much in him.

We’ve already heard that the majority of talent evaluators view Murray as a second- or third-round pick, but the opinion scouts have of players and where they end up getting drafted is not always aligned. That is particularly true with quarterbacks. Murray may have legitimate height concerns, but he’s only three inches shorter than Baker Mayfield. Mayfield came from the exact same college system as Murray and was the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft.

Murray has yet to commit to playing football and could still end up joining the Oakland A’s, and there are apparently concerns about him beyond his physical makeup. Still, it would be a surprise if he slipped into the second round with so many teams desperate for a franchise quarterback. That’s almost certainly why NFL executives believe he will go early.

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