The 2019 NFL Draft just got a lot more interesting.
That is, if the Oakland A's sources are on the money.
Late Wednesday evening the San Francisco Chronicle published a story that claims the Oakland Athletic's sources tell them that Kyler Murray, Oklahoma's Heisman winning junior QB, is going to enter the 2019 NFL Draft before the deadline.
What do the Oakland A's have to do with all this? They drafted him in the first round of the recent MLB draft. You see, Kyler is a special athlete in two sports, not just one. It was believed for some time that Kyler would pursue the safer option, baseball.
But that changed Wednesday night. Kyler Declaring opens a whole new world of possibilities and outcomes for the Jaguars in the first round (any beyond) of the upcoming draft.
Anyone who hasn't been hiding under a rock knows the Jaguars need a new QB. The Blake Bortles is experiment is coming to it's bitter end and Cody Kessler is obviously not a starting caliber QB. That leaves the Jaguars desperately needing to add a young QB to build around.
With Murray now expected to be among the QBs the Jaguars could potentially acquire, the team's football triumvirate should feel much more comfortable. Murray is expected by most to be a first round pick, but I think he'll vault all the way into the top ten. It seems possible, likely even, that a team could fall in love with Kyler Murray and his scintillating dual-threat combo and try to nab the diminutive QB early in the draft. If that comes to fruition then there's an even better chance that my QB1, Dwayne Haskins, will be on the board for the Jaguars at seven. As things stood prior to the Kyler Murray news, the Jaguars were likely going to have to trade up to land the red shirt sophomore from Ohio State.
Even if Kyler Murray doesn't end up being selected before Haskins, then the Jaguars will likely have a chance at Murray with their number seven overall selection. If I were Tom Coughlin and company I would have a hard time passing on a talent like Murray. Sure he's 5'10'' and 195 lbs. but he would immediately be the most dangerous athlete in the league. There will be some batted balls at the line of scrimmage throughout Murray's career, sure, but the kid can do it all. He's great in the pocket, constantly moving his feet, which leads to great balance in his base. His ability to throw on the run is dynamite. Accuracy? He's one of the most accurate short to intermediate passers I've ever seen. And when it comes to the long ball, the Heisman winner makes more than his fair share of dazzling throws down the field. Murray is easily my QB2.
But still, there are more possibilities. If the Jaguars aren't able to land Haskins, and don't feel comfortable with selecting a sub six foot QB with the number seven pick, they could always trade back or just hold off on QB until round two. With Murray a lock to go in round one, players like Daniel Jones and Will Grier could slide in the draft.
No matter how you slice it, Murray entering the draft helps out the Jaguars, BIG TIME.
Would you like to see Murray in Jacksonville next year?
Let us know in the comments below!
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