Oklahoma Heisman winning quarterback Kyler Murray made it official Monday afternoon that he will, in fact, declare early for the NFL draft in April. While opinions vary on Murray’s size and whether his talents will translate in pro football, one thing is for sure: the Jaguars are in the mix at the top of round one.
I have declared for the NFL Draft.
— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) January 14, 2019
He’s also considering a huge guaranteed baseball offer from the Oakland A’s who hold his rights. However, that would not have a guarantee of him playing for the Major league Club.
And while Murray (shown in Orange Bowl loss to Alabama above) may still take the baseball option, he had the deadline of midnight Eastern Monday night to make himself available for consideration by NFL teams for this Spring.
Now, where Murray might ended up in the Draft selection process is up for conjecture.
.@RapSheet breaks down Kyler Murray's decision to declare for the draft and which round he is projected to go in 🔊🆙
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 14, 2019
And while there are other draft analysts and NFL information guys saying that Murray projects, as probably a night two second or third round pick. Still, he could gain momentum headed to the first round opening night too.
And, that’s where the Jaguars could come into play for Murray, too.
It’s well-known that Jacksonville is looking for a long-term solution at quarterback. They will be moving on from Blake Bortles one way or another.
Will that be a QB in free agency or perhaps, a trade or will Jacksonville elect to take a risk, right where they are, currently picking 7th overall?
The Jaguars elected not to select another Heisman QB winner, Lamar Jackson of Louisville, at the end of the first round last April. They instead took for the defensive tackle Taven Bryan.
The previous year they also passed on taking a quarterback in the top five, where Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes were both available. And, we know how both of those guys figured into 2018 leading their teams to the playoffs.
The six teams currently picking in front of the Jaguars are: the Cardinals, 49ers, Jets, Raiders, Buccaneers and Giants. And, out of that group only New York doesn’t have a recently drafted or signed long term quarterback to consider, as a franchise guy for the future.
Jacksonville could also try to make a trade to move up, poetntially involving running back Leonard Fournette or defensive back Jalen Ramsey as bait, if they so desired.
Then again, they could simply sit and wait to see what happens at #7 and if Murray would still be available, too.
It’s definitely way early, and again, Murray is slated to go to A’s Spring Training in Februrary, and could still agree with them long term.
However, declaring for the NFL Draft means Murray wants to be taken in the first round, and play football.
Now, what does the NFL in general and the Jaguars in specific, want to do?
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