Kliff Kingsbury, Cardinals Could Draft Kyler Murray #1 Overall, Trade Josh Rosen

Report: Athletics Expect Heisman Winner Kyler Murray To Enter NFL Draft

Report: Athletics Expect Heisman Winner Kyler Murray To Enter NFL Draft

The Oakland Athletics expect Oklahoma standout Kyler Murray to choose football and enter the NFL draft prior to Sunday's deadline, reports Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Earlier this week, it was reported Murray would have to pick between baseball and football because of the difficulties that come with learning and playing quarterback in the NFL. If he does choose the National Football League instead of MLB, Murray would have to forfeit his signing bonus.

But with the 2019 National Football League draft class low on blue-chip quarterback prospects, Murray could end up being a hot commodity for teams that miss out on Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, or even prefer the undersized but explosive center-fielder-turned-gunslinger. Given his abilities as both a passer and runner, combined with the success Mayfield had as a rookie, the expectation is Murray would be a first-round pick and have success in the NFL. Spring training begins for the A's on February 15, and it seems unlikely that he would be able to prepare for football's combine at the same time as he was attending his first major league baseball camp. Failure to report will cause Murray to forfeit his $4.66 million signing bonus.

A source also told The Chronicle that "should Murray stick with his original intent to play baseball, he has been invited to A's big-league camp this spring".

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Baseball looks like it will be losing a top athlete to the NFL.

Obviously, Kingsbury is now in Arizona, where the Cardinals own the first overall pick. Thursday morning and floated the possibility of the Cardinals actually trading Rosen and selecting Kyler Murray.

Back when Kingsbury was the head coach of Texas Tech, he said that Kyler Murray was his top pick, and he'd snatch him if he could. Russell Wilson is the best comparison, but even he was a third-round pick.

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