For a guy that is so small in stature like Kyler Murray, he had one of the biggest decisions in recent sports history. Enter the NFL Draft as a quarterback or go through with joining the Oakland Athletics after they drafted him in the 2018 MLB Draft.
The Athletics took him at the ninth overall pick, hoping he’d keep his commitment to playing baseball. That didn’t stay true, as the murmurs of Murray changing his mind became a reality rather quickly. The MLB and the Athletics sent executives to try and persuade him to stay in the MLB.
Those attempts proved to be for naught, as Murray went with his true love: football. On Monday, Murray officially declared for the NFL Draft via Twitter.
I have declared for the NFL Draft.
— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) January 14, 2019
Murray heads into a thin quarterback class in 2019, where many expect him to be one of—if not— the first quarterback taken in the draft. There are a few teams early in the draft who will definitely consider Murray as the guy they want.
One of those teams could be the New York Giants. The Giants have a bright offensive mind in Pat Shurmur but are stuck with a quarterback—Eli Manning—who is rapidly declining.
Some Giants fans refuse to let go of Manning due to his contributions in his two Super Bowl wins. It’s still crazy that both of those wins came against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Others realize—as hard as it may be—that Manning is nearing the end of his career and they need their replacement now.
This offense would be absolutely dangerous with a dynamic athlete at quarterback. Murray perfectly fits the bill. With Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham on the offense, you can’t waste their prime years with an aging quarterback.
Barkley showed he will be one of the best running backs in the league for years to come. Beckham, on the other hand, has shown for years that he is one of the best wide receivers in the game. Giving him someone who can push the ball downfield—unlike Manning—can make him that more dangerous.
During this season, Kyler Murray has gotten the comparison of Russell Wilson as a prospect. Of course, that’s due to his lack of size but he can also throw the ball with accuracy like Wilson can. His ability to create with his legs is also a staggering similarity between the two. Murray made plenty of “video game” plays for Oklahoma this year.
This is the passing ability that could make Kyler Murray a first round pick in the NFL draft. That's simply an incredible touchdown pass for Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/Bv5NKutSE9
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) December 30, 2018
In 2018, Murray totaled 4,361 passing yards, 42 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions. He also added 1,001 yards on 140 rushing attempts, and 12 touchdowns on the ground. Due to this level of play, he was crowned the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.
Kyler Murray led the Oklahoma Sooners to a College Football Playoff bid. He faced the Alabama Crimson Tide but ultimately fell short as many teams have—besides Clemson—in the past decade under Nick Saban.
Now back to the Giants and why they should draft Murray. Murray would perfectly fit into Shurmur’s offensive system that requires a mobile quarterback to reach its full potential. Case Keenum made his system look great last year for the Minnesota Vikings.
Keenum made plenty of plays out of the pocket and had the Vikings in a phenomenal spot for a chance at the Lombardi trophy. That was cut short by the Philadelphia Eagles who were simply on a magical run. Now, Shurmur must put the pieces together in New York if he hopes to turn around the franchise.
With the number of weapons that the Giants have, Murray’s development could be hastened. You’re telling me you could have Murray, Barkley, Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram on the same offense? If I were a Giants fan I’d sign up for that in a heartbeat.
Especially after watching the past few seasons of abysmal play under center, how do you say no to Murray? Manning isn’t making the plays that Murray can even if he took the pill from Limitless.
With other teams wanting to get their hands on this new shiny toy, the Giants will need to make a decision fast. Can they afford to wait yet another season for a quarterback? I know everyone wants Tua Tagovailoa is the hot commodity next year. The thing is, there’s no guarantee that the Giants are the team who lands him when the 2020 draft rolls around.
That makes this decision even easier for the Giants brass in the front office. Why wait when you could have your guy this season and get back to winning football? This offseason holds a ton of weight for the future of the Giants organization.
Giants faithful should be hoping for a return to relevancy. Thus making the selection of Kyler Murray a perfect one. New York would be hitting a home run by drafting Murray with their first-round pick this year (I’ll show myself out). Let’s hope the Giants don’t screw this decision up.