By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Kyler Murray, the quarterback, who won the 2018 Heisman Trophy, has chosen a career in the NFL over MLB. Murray was the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.
He has chosen to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
Despite being the Oakland Athletics pick, the team attempted to convince him to stay with baseball. Murray would not lead anybody on, even at the Heisman, about his career path until now.
“Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” Murray made in a Twitter statement. “Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play quarterback, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best quarterback possible and winning NFL championships.
“I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision-makers that I am the franchise quarterback in this draft.”
Murray is expected to be a first-round draft pick in the NFL Draft. He is expected to be the top quarterback pick, or not, the second quarterback drafted in April.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury previously said if he had the top pick, he would choose Murray. There has been some speculation that the Cardinals might draft Murray and trade away Josh Rosen, who was a first-round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
If Murray went to the Cardinals with the top overall pick, it would be the second straight quarterback drafted from the Oklahoma Sooners for the No. 1 spot. The Cleveland Browns used the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Baker Mayfield.
The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner turned the Browns franchise around in his first season. Murray — who followed Mayfield as the first back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners from the same school with two different players — would hope to do the same with the Cardinals.
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