Murray Declares for NFL Draft, Door Still Open to Joining A’s

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray has entered the NFL draft, according to a tweet he posted Monday afternoon.

The Oakland Athletics selected Murray with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft. Murray’s contract with the A’s includes a $4.66 million signing bonus.

Hoping for a major win for Major League Baseball, a group including A’s General Manager Billy Beane and a league marketing executive met with the Sooners signal caller in Dallas on Sunday to try and persuade him to choose the MLB over the NFL, according to ESPN.

As of Monday, it appears Murray’s future is in football. Although Monday’s decision does not eliminate the possibility of him join the Athletics, it’s clear now that it will cost Oakland’s front office more than $4.66 million to get Murray to join the organization.

He has 72 hours to withdraw his name from draft consideration.

In his only season as the Oklahoma starting quarterback, Murray accounted for more than 5,300 combined passing and rushing yards and 54 total touchdowns. The Bedford, Texas native won the Heisman Trophy, the second straight Sooners QB to win college football’s highest individual award, joining current Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Oklahoma became the first school since Army in 1945 and 1946 to have back-to-back Heisman winners.

Experts and scouts are mixed on Murray’s NFL prospects.

A mock draft released by CBS Sports Monday projected Murray would be drafted with the sixth overall pick by the New York Giants. The first QB off the board according to CBS Sports would be Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, going number two overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted shortly after Murray announced his decision that many scouts believe he will be a 2nd or 3rd round pick.

No player has ever been drafted in the first round of both the MLB and NFL drafts.

Three players were selected in the first two rounds of both drafts.

The New York Yankees picked John Elway with the 52nd overall selection in the 1981 MLB draft. Elway played 42 games in the Yankees minor league system. He was chosen number one overall in the 1983 NFL draft by the Broncos. Elway went on to win two Super Bowls with Denver.

Before playing baseball and football at the same time, Bo Jackson was selected in the second round of the 1982 MLB draft by the Yankees. He went first overall to the Oakland Raiders in the 1986 draft. Jackson, who hit 141 home runs in the majors, is the only player to be named to the all-star team in both baseball and football.

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Finally, Ken Stabler was taken in the second round of the January phase of the 1968 MLB draft by the Houston Astros, although he never signed with the organization. The Oakland Raiders chose Stabler in the second round of the 1968 NFL draft. He won Super Bowl 14 with the silver and black.

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