Once Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray ditched baseball and declared for the 2019 NFL Draft the biggest question remaining was just how small is the dual threat QB. Well, on the first day of the 2019 Underwear Olympics, Murray measured in at 5-foot-10 1/8 and weighed 207 pounds. Murray also measured in with 9 ½ size hands. NFL teams, and scouts, usually do not like a QB under 5-foot-10, under 200 pounds or under 9-foot hands and Murray crossed all three of those with flying colors. Murray’s height and weight came in eerily similar to Russell Wilson, who came in at 5-foot-10 5/8 and 204 pounds. However, Russ had massive hands coming in at 10 ¼ hands.
Now, while all this is a good sign for Murray, the fact that he won’t participate in any of the events at the combine raises some questions on his weigh in. With Murray participating it sure seems like Murray bulked up just for this measurement and will lose all the weight by his pro day and end up playing closer in the 190-195 range which is awfully light for a quarterback, especially one that runs.
Regardless, these measurements have to make Murray the clear cut favorite to be not only the number one QB off the board but the first player overall taken in the draft. With Kliff Kingsbury now at the helm of the Arizona Cardinals, who hold the number one pick, there will be a lot of rumors of Murray going there, especially since Kingsbury is the coach who recruited him in college. This puts the Cardinals in an interesting position as they drafted Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick just last year, but with few weapons he really struggled his rookie year. The Cardinals are going to have a lot of bargaining power after this “performance” by Murray and could get a few nice picks for the number one pick which is definitely needed for this team.
Murray, who was drafted #9 overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft, threw for 4,361 yards and 41 touchdowns while rushing for 1,001 yards and 12 more touchdowns. If Murray can continue to perform at the higher rate than someone is going to get a future star in this year’s draft, but if not then teams are going to need to really think about drafting a QB who is going to be playing under 200 pounds.