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Breaking Angles: Heisman Winner Kyler Murray Enters The NFL Draft

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Breaking Angles: Heisman Winner Kyler Murray Enters The NFL Draft


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Kyler Murray announced via Twitter that he has declared himself for the NFL Draft. The former first round draft pick for the Oakland Athletics has elected to make himself a professional football player, rather than a professional baseball player.

The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner brought the Oklahoma Sooners to their second consecutive College Football playoff berth. The last quarterback to do so was Baker Mayfield, who captained the Cleveland Browns to a season that could prove to change the trajectory of the franchise.

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In choosing to play football over baseball, Murray has opted to make more money up front as a high first-round NFL pick than he would as an MLB prospect. Despite having a relatively clear pathway to the Athletics MLB club, Murray’s choice to play football solidifies him as the last two-sport collegiate athlete to make his way to the NFL since Jameis Winston went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 draft.

In regards to the cash he’ll make, consider that Odell Beckham, Jr., one of the top receivers in the game, made as much money this season as the beleaguered former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey. The money in baseball can be larger and more long term, but the prestige and spotlight of football can be more valuable off the field in things like endorsement deals.

Another notable baseball prospect taken in both drafts will play next weekend in the AFC Championship. New England Patriots quarterback and future Hall of Famer Tom Brady was drafted by both the Patriots and the Montreal Expos.

We all know which path Tom decided to take.

With NFL teams like the Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins looking for stability at the quarterback position, Murray offers many teams the chance to have a solid playcaller under center for the 2019-20 season. The only question now is: how high will he be chosen this spring?

Only time will tell.

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