2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Ht: 5'10" Wt: 207
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Evaluated by: Kennedy Paynter
Kyler Murray checked two of his three "biggest question" boxes at the NFL Combine as he came in above 5'10" and 200 lbs. The last box, that no one outside of the NFL will ever truly know, is how he interviews. Teams aren't going to be comfortable investing a First Round pick in Murray if he isn't clearly fully invested-and then some-in being an NFL quarterback. Successful NFL quarterbacks spend more time at the park than any other player, and their prep time can often approach that of the head coach. Is Murray prepared to have that grinding attitude needed to succeed or will he always have the fallback of baseball in the back of his mind?
Assuming he's fully invested in football, this guy is the easy #1 pick. In a word, Kyler Murray is electric. It isn't just his legs either; the ball pops out of his hands with rare acceleration, and he can throw from a variety of arm angles, allowing him to fit balls into tight spots in heavy traffic on the move and from different platforms. He isn't as fast as Lamar Jackson, but he is the better thrower of the football-and it's not close.
Moving on to his mobility, he has rare feet in the pocket/when scrambling that is very reminiscent of Russell Wilson. He feels and avoids trash in the pocket without dropping his eyes, and when scrambling, he has incredible awareness in the open field, allowing him to find space like a running back.
Often, 'running QBs' come into the league as pure speed guys, but track speed just doesn't get it done in the NFL. Murray is not a track sped guy, and as rare acceleration and ability to gear down and change direction will allow him to use his speed functionally in the NFL. Lastly, Murray does a fantastic job of protecting himself in the open field, sliding effectively and dropping to the ground before taking big hits.
Mentally, Murray shows many positives, but also gleans light on some things he needs to work on. For the positives; Murray demonstrates the ability to read and anticipate across the entire field. He also has demonstrated the ability to hold safeties and manipulate linebackers with his eyes. He can effectively time his throws to all areas of the field. He needs to take less chances in the middle of the field, as he won't be able to get away with risky throws over the middle in the NFL. Murray needs to be better at taking the check-down and living to play another down. You can see him reading through his progressions, even looking down at the check-down, but he too often waits too long and attempts ill-advised downfield throws.
Overall, if Murray can stay healthy and he lands in the right system built to maximize his talents, the sky is the limit. I compare him to a slighter, faster Russell Wilson. NFL player Comparison
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
*Throwing on the move
*Dangerous vision in the open field
*Ill-advised risks need to be cleaned up
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