Draft Misc - Football Wiretap

Kyle Murray Announces He Will Concentrate On NFL Career

Feb 11, 2019 5:31 PM

Kyle Murray has announced he is fully committed to becoming an NFL quarterback.

Murray's future has been in doubt as he was also a first round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics.

Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the A's gave him last year, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan. 

"Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback," Murray wrote. "Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB 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 QB in this draft."


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Kyler Murray To Attend NFL Combine

Feb 7, 2019 2:18 PM

Kyler Murray will participate in the 2019 NFL combine.

Murray is attempting to decide between the NFL and MLB.

Murray was a first round pick by the Oakland Athletics.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Kyler Murray Ranks No. 24 On Todd McShay's Top-32

Jan 15, 2019 9:50 PM

Kyler Murray ranks No. 24 on Todd McShay's Top-32 for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Murray hadn't been on any of McShay's prior editions due to the expectation he would go to the MLB.

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Kyler Murray Declares For 2019 NFL Draft

Jan 14, 2019 6:04 PM

Kyler Murray has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Murray can choose between the NFL and MLB depending on his draft stock.

Murray has a contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $4.66 million signing bonus.

The A's selected Murray with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. The A's supported Murray's decision to enter the draft, but they could be under increased pressure to improve his contract.

In just his first season as a starter, Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for another 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns in leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff semifinals this year.


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Dolphins Already Eyeing Quarterbacks From 2020 NFL Draft

Jan 13, 2019 12:34 PM

The Miami Dolphins are beginning to look to the 2020 NFL draft class for their quarterback of the future.

Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon's Justin Herbert are considered the top quarterbacks of that prospective draft class.

Miami is expected to hire Brian Flores as head coach as the Dolphins rebuild.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Kyler Murray To Declare For NFL Draft, Leanings Towards Football

Jan 9, 2019 10:31 PM

Kyler Murray is expected to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Murray was drafted ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft and has a $4.66 million bonus with the Oakland A's.

“Contractually, it is not a big deal,” one source with knowledge of the situation said. “No harm in doing so.”

Murray could still opt to be in the A’s camp, but the NFL scouting combine begins Feb. 26.

One source said Murray is leaning towards football.

The A’s would retain Murray’s professional baseball rights should he join an NFL team, retaining the possibility he could play for them at a future date if football did not pan out as expected.

"He'll be a first round pick," said one GM in a text to Mike Florio.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

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Dwayne Haskins Leaves Ohio State For NFL Draft

Jan 8, 2019 9:40 AM

Dwayne Haskins has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Haskins is a projected first round pick at quarterback.

Haskins finished third in Heisman Trophy voting.

Haskins' NFL decision was telegraphed by Justin Fields, the Georgia quarterback who announced Friday he was transferring to Ohio State.


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Kyler Murray Won't Rule Out Future In NFL

Dec 27, 2018 2:05 PM

Kyler Murray hasn't changed his thought process this season in choosing the MLB over the NFL.

"Nothing has changed," he said. "I haven't put any energy into worrying about it or anything like that. All I can do is go out and play on Saturday and let my play speak for itself."

Murray signed a $4.66 million contract to play baseball for the Oakland A's this summer, but he hasn't completely ruled out the possibility of playing in the NFL.

"It's never bad to have options," Murray said Thursday, "but right now my main focus is this game."

Murray has thrown for 4,053 yards, 40 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He has rushed for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"Obviously it wasn't in the air, but I've always felt I could play in the NFL," he said. "I'm a confident guy. There's not a lot of short quarterbacks in the league, but I think there's more guys paving the way for the transition of not really caring about how big you are, how tall you are. I've played this game my whole life and I've always felt I could do it."

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Justin Herbert Staying At Oregon For Senior Season

Dec 26, 2018 3:21 PM

Justin Herbert has announced he will return to Oregon for his senior season.

ESPN's Mel Kiper had Herbert ranked as the sixth overall prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft class while Todd McShay had him at No. 20.

Herbert will have a chance to throw passes to his brother next season. Patrick Herbert, a tight end prospect, committed to Oregon in May and signed his letter of intent last week.


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Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10

Dec 12, 2018 10:02 AM

Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection, followed by Rashan Gary of Michigan going to the San Francisco 49ers.

1. Arizona: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2. San Francisco: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
3. Oakland: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4. NY Jets: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
5. Atlanta: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
6. Buffalo: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
7. Jacksonville: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
8. Tampa Bay: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
9. Detroit: Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky
10. NY Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
11. Cincinnati: Devin White, LB, LSU
12. Cleveland: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
13. Washington: Cody Ford, OT Oklahoma
14. Carolina: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
15. Green Bay: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
16. Philadelphia: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
17. Miami: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
18. Denver: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
19. Indianapolis: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
20. Tennessee: Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida
21. Baltimore: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
22. Minnesota: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
23. Pittsburgh: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
24. Seattle: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
25. Oakland (from Dallas): Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
26. Oakland (from Chicago): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
27. Houston: Michael Deiter, C/G, Wisconsin
28. LA Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
29. New England: Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
30. LA Rams: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

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Kyler Murray Could Be 1st Rounder If He Chose Football Over Baseball
Kyler Murray's agent Scott Boras was steadfast that he will be playing baseball once Oklahoma's football season ends.

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Mel Kiper Jr. Finds 2019 QB Draft Class 'Extremely Intriguing'
Mel Kiper believes Justin Herbert would have been ranked fifth in the 2018 class.

Mel Kiper Jr./ESPN

Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins Named Heisman Finalists
Tua Tagovailoa owns a QBR of 94.2, while Kyler Murray's is 96.0.


Ed Oliver To Skip Houston's Bowl Game To Prepare For Draft
Ed Oliver is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.

Edward Aschoff/ESPN

Cardinals Have Best Odds At No. 1 Pick In 2019 NFL Draft
The Cardinals, 49ers and Raiders will almost certainly have top-5 picks.


Nick Bosa Withdraws From Ohio State
Nick Bosa is expected to be one of the top selections in the draft.

Mitch Stacy/Associated Press

Nick Bosa Out Until At Least November With Core Muscle Surgery
Nick Bosa has been in conversation to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Ari Wasserman/The Athlietc

Ed Oliver, Nick Bosa Headline Mel Kiper's 2019 NFL Draft Big Board
At No. 15, Justin Herbert of Oregon is the first quarterback on the board.

Mel Kiper Jr./ESPN

Drew Lock Considered Early Favorite To Be No. 1 Pick In 2019 NFL Draft
Drew Lock is a senior quarterback at Missouri.

RealGM Staff Report

Giants, Washington Make Supplemental Draft Selections
The Giants spent a 2019 third-round draft pick on Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal.

Associated Press

Patriots Were Prepared To Trade Up To No. 2 For Baker Mayfield
The Patriots owned a pair of first round picks and many believed they had some level of interest in selecting a potential replacement for Tom Brady in this draft.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Jets Believed To Prefer Josh Rosen Over Sam Darnold
The Jets are expected to select Josh Rosen over Sam Darnold if both are available.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Josh Allen Apologizes For Offensive Tweets From High School
At least two teams believe a team that wants to draft Josh Allen planted the story on the eve of the draft so he falls to them.


2018 NFL Mock Draft, Final Version
Sam Darnold or Baker Mayfield will be the first overall selection by the Browns.

Jeff Risdon/RealGM

Browns 'Definitely' Considering Baker Mayfield At No. 1
The Browns own the first and fourth picks in the draft.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Josh Rosen Views Tennis As Helpful In Preparation For Football
Josh Rosen was the No. 1 player in Southern California amongst 12 year olds and a top-50 player in the country.

Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

Browns Have Discussed Drafting Two QBs In Top-4
The Browns have long struggled to draft a franchise quarterback, so selecting two could essentially double their odds of getting the decision right.

Kevin Clark/The Ringer

Russell Wilson's Camp Asks Seahawks Why They're Scouting Josh Allen
Josh Allen will almost certainly be a first round draft pick.

Bob Condotta/Seattle Times

Bills 'Trying Like Hell' To Move Up To Draft Quarterback
The Bills currently own the 12th overall pick.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Checkered History Of Teams With Two Top-5 Picks In Same Draft
The Browns own the first and fifth overall picks in this year's draft.

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