Kyler Murray figures to loom large at 2019 NFL Draft

Is Kyler Murray bound for the desert?

Kyler Murray

For those who think 5-foot, 10 1/8-inch, 207-pound Kyler Murray is too small to play quarterback in the NFL, we present for your consideration Russell Wilson.

Indeed, at 5 feet, 10 5/8 inches and 205 pounds, the Seattle Seahawks’ six-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl-winning field general is living proof that talent, instincts and heart can outweigh size when it comes to playing the offense’s most important position. A point the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner and former Oklahoma Sooner intends to drive home once he reaches the pros.

His landing spot will be decided Thursday, April 25, on ESPN and NFL Network, when the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off three days of selection frenzy as teams collect college talent for the upcoming season.

By all accounts, Murray is a top-10 pick and the best quarterback in the draft, whose impressive resume, elite athleticism and smarts wowed the talent evaluators at February’s NFL combines – and that’s without him ever taking the field.

But is he a shoo-in No. 1? At this writing, the Arizona Cardinals held the top pick but they already have a young stud quarterback in Josh Rosen, so it might make sense that the Cards trade the pick to a team that needs a franchise quarterback. Like, say, the New York Giants. Or they could trade Rosen and draft Murray.

Once he’s taken, he will hold the distinction of being the only first-round draftee in both football and baseball (he was taken ninth overall by the Oakland A’s last summer).

No doubt, it will be only the first of what promises to be many pro records set by the Texas native.

Kyler Murray

Full name: Kyler Cole Murray

Birth date: Aug. 7, 1997

Birth place: Bedford, Texas

Height/weight: 5 feet 10 1/8 inches/207 pounds

Position: Quarterback

No.: 1

Colleges: Texas A&M (2015); Oklahoma (2016-18)

Honors and achievements:  Heisman Trophy (2018); AP Player of the Year (2018); Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year (2018); First Team All-American (2018); First Team All-Big 12 (2018)

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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