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New Cardinals coach once said he'd draft Murray No. 1

New Cardinals coach once said he'd draft Murray No. 1

The Athletics are expecting Kyler Murray, the No. 9 overall pick in last year's Major League Baseball draft but also the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Oklahoma, to declare for the NFL draft this Sunday, Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle report. 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.

One source told The Chronicle that Murray is leaning toward football. Some scouts and teams reportedly see him as a first-round pick.

Murray went out and helped the Sooners put up 51 on Kingsbury's Texas Tech squad while throwing for 360 yards and three touchdowns while also running for 100 yards and a touchdown on the way to the Heisman Trophy. Heading to the draft doesn't mean he's going to decline his $4.66 million deal with the Athletics, however, it does appear as though Murray is looking to prioritize a career in the NFL.

The 49ers and the Raiders hold the second and fourth overall picks, respectively, so if Murray were to go at the very top of the draft, that could make prospects available to both Bay Area teams that wouldn't have been otherwise. I know he's signed up to play baseball, but he is a dominant football player.

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According to a source, Murray declaring for the draft is not considered to be contractually significant.

Texas Tech showed continued interest in Murray and offered him a scholarship once Kingsbury came aboard.

If Murray decides to play in NFL especially at the quarterback position teams will expect him to be all in on football and nothing else, that is the only way he will be selected in 1st round if they have those assurances. Josh Rosen, the quarterback who was chosen 10th overall in last year's draft.