Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kyler Murray declares for National Football League draft

Kyler Murray declares for National Football League draft

Now that Kyler Murray has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, we can start projecting where he might be picked.

Murray's decision comes after weeks of speculation that he could enter the draft, fulfill his baseball commitment to the Oakland Athletics or even return to Norman for the 2019 college football season. Practically, Murray has until the start of the National Football League scouting combine on February 26 to pick a sport - A's camp opens on February 15 in Arizona and if he skips the combine to remain with the baseball team it is very unlikely that he would be drafted very highly. Schefter tweets today that Murray's mind "has been made up", though there is of course still time for a late change of heart.

The surprise as the season developed was Murray's rising stock for the National Football League draft.

Murray announced on Twitter he has filed paperwork before a midnight deadline to be eligible for this year's NFL Draft, ending his collegiate eligibility, but that only delays the choice he must make.

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Murray threw for 4,361 yards, rushed for 1,001 yards and finished with 54 total touchdowns for the Sooners in 2018. Murray is generously listed at 5-feet, 10 inches tall and 195 pounds by ESPN.

Just because Murray is declaring for the draft, however, doesn't mean he's totally ruling out baseball.

Murray was signed to a minor-league baseball contract by Oakland last year, a $4.66 million bonus deal that allowed him to play last year at Oklahoma.

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