Kyler Murray entering NFL Draft could bring Josh Rosen intrigue


Kyler Murray is reportedly declaring for the NFL Draft, and that development understandably set off a chain of events that, some 12 hours later, already has us discussing Murray not only going in Round 1, but possibly going first overall. Recent reports claim Murray intends on entering this April's NFL Draft.

The Oakland Athletics expect reigning Heisman Trophy victor and Athletics draft pick Kyler Murray to declare Sunday for the upcoming National Football League draft, multiple sources told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. That, in and of itself, doesn't mean he's made the decision to reject Oakland's $4.66 million baseball offer. Murray would have to return his signing bonus to Oakland if he does not play for the club.

Not only did Rosen post the second-lowest completion percentage (55.2) of all 33 qualifying quarterbacks in his rookie season, but his new coach Kliff Kingsbury is a big Murray admirer.

It's still unclear if Murray will leave camp to attend the combine, but a source told Slusser he is leaning towards football. As the college football season progressed, his stock steadily rose with NFL scouts. He also ran for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns. His outing against Alabama in the National Semifinal likely won over any skeptics that remained about his ability to play football against elite competition.

Murray is at the top of the list for a bunch of teams, especially for a team that has the #1 pick, in which the Arizona Cardinals now have. A player like Russell Wilson looks like a solid comp for Murray, but even he is a full inch taller. Baseball might have better long-term value, but the glitz, glamour and money that come with being the No. 1 pick in the National Football League draft might be too much to resist.