By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303
During the next few weeks, I will be writing articles on the top 10 prospects heading to the NFL Combine. And I’m proud to announce OurTurf Football will be there live and in person to bring you all the top stories from Indianapolis.
I won’t even pretend who my first NFL prospect is gonna be. For all my followers and colleagues who know me, certainly know it’s gonna be a quarterback.
Right out of the gate, this weeks spotlight is Heisman Trophy winner QB Kyler Murray out of Oklahoma. Murray is listed at 5’10” – 190 lbs.
While many analyst had Murray playing baseball, he stunned the NFL world and announced he will attend the 2019 NFL combine. It’s not known at this time if Murray will do any drills or just showcase his throwing ability.
Murray’s most elite feature is his athletic ability. Once he takes that step forward, he’ll shoot down the field 10 -15 yards before most defensive backs can locate him.
He’ll be a running threat every time he takes the snap. Watching his film, as he breaks the pocket, I noticed if he leans forward to run he’ll also make that quick read and bring it back and launch it.
But lets dive into his major knock: Murray is listed at 5’10”, not your average pro style quarterback. The question is not if this guy can play with college stats of 4,361 passing yards, 42 touchdowns to 7 interceptions, with 1,001 rushing yards to boot and 12 rushing touchdowns. The real question is can he take this type of play to the next level?
Many are comparing him to Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson who, at 5’11, was considered an undersized QB coming out of Wisconsin. While I can see the comparison, the one issue I have with Murray is his size: he’s listed at 195 lbs while Wilson is a stout 215.
I have no doubt he can make the throws or even that he’ll give a defensive coach nightmares trying to corral him. Can he stay consistent? That is my question!
*Espn draft expert Todd McShay has Kyler Murray coming off the board at 13 to the Miami Dolphins.
Talk NFL Combine and Quarterbacks with Lisa on Twitter // @LJ1303