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.
Already a top-10 draft pick of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics, Murray was expected to make the full-time move to the diamond after his historic 2018 campaign for the Sooners.
The original news came from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, who reported that the Athletics expect Murray to enter the National Football League draft. However, even if they aren't his biggest fans, Murray's potential addition to the draft could affect the Jags in other ways.
An important question for Murray is what happens to him after the first contract. At present, the only thing guaranteed to Murray in his baseball career is that $4.66MM bonus. He was the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school in Allen, Texas after he went 42-0 and won three state titles.
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Murray is at the top of the list for a bunch of teams, especially for a team that has the #1 pick, in which the Arizona Cardinals now have.
It will certainly be interesting to see what Murray ultimately decides, but regardless of his decision, his future is very bright.
As of Thursday, Murray is a -200 favorite to be a first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. With so the options limited unlike last year's draft, the team might have received some good news on Wednesday night as one of the best quarterbacks in college football is reportedly declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft. But it does increase the likelihood he plays pro football rather than baseball. For instance, 16-year veteran Josh McCown has made $49 million over the course of his career after being a third-round pick in 2002.