Kyler Murray spurns Athletics, commits to football

Kyler Murray spurns Athletics, commits to football

The Oakland Athletics vice president of baseball operations was peppered with questions about Murray as MLB spring training opens this week.

Relating to the Patriots, they will always be interested in quarterbacks as long as Tom Brady is still on the roster since they need to find an eventual replacement.

It is very possible - and more than likely at this point - that both Haskins and Murray come off the board before the end of the first round of this year's NFL Draft.

Not even Denver Broncos general manager John Elway - the first overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft and 52nd overall (second round) pick of the 1981 MLB Draft - can claim that.

The reigning Heisman Trophy victor posted a statement on his Twitter account Monday, four days before he was scheduled to report to spring training with the Oakland Athletics. Murray was the Heisman Trophy award victor and helped the Sooners make the College Football Playoff semifinals.

Murray wrote on Twitter: "Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an National Football League quarterback".

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"Football has been my love and passion my entire life", the 2018 Heisman Trophy victor wrote on Twitter.

Some seem to view Murray as too small or a classic third-rounder, but Kingsbury has made it clear he'd go all-out to pop him on his roster.

Although nothing more than a rumor at this point, such a connection makes some sense with Murray seemingly set on making his way to the NFL over Major League Baseball.

Murray's unbelievable season in 2018 at Oklahoma was his first as a full-time starter for them.

The Giants now hold the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Although NFL talent evaluators gravitate toward taller quarterbacks, the success of stars such as Russell Wilson (at 5-11) and Baker Mayfield (generously listed at 6-1) have caused some NFL scouts to reconsider that preference.

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