Despite not being able to attend the Senior Bowl, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is still generating buzz around the NFL.
The Heisman Trophy winner is undoubtedly one of the most polarizing prospects in recent memory. Instead of joining the Oakland Athletics to pursue his MLB career, the dual-threat quarterback made the decision to continue playing football.
Although there are several critics that believe Murray will slide in the upcoming NFL Draft, it sounds like Jon Gruden won't be one of those doubters.
Gruden needs to make an important decision at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders this offseason.
The Raiders can either give Derek Carr another season as their leader under center or they can draft another signal-caller.
Regardless of the decision that Gruden makes in the coming months, it's obvious that he believes players like Murray belong in the NFL.
From Yahoo! Sports:
“I used to think that a lot until I saw Drew Brees twice a year in Tampa, then I met Russell Wilson coming out of N.C. State, and now I’m watching this kid Murray at Oklahoma,” Gruden said. “I’m putting away all the prototypes that I once had. I used to have a prototype for hand size, height, arm length, all that stuff. We’re looking for guys that can play and do a lot of different things. They come in all shapes and sizes nowadays.”
These comments might hint at Oakland possibly drafting Murray, but Gruden has also shown interest in Duke prospect Daniel Jones.
Baker Mayfield proved this season that teams shouldn't shy away from quarterbacks based on height. He turned the Cleveland Browns into a team fighting for a playoff spot in a matter of months.
It'll be worth monitoring the NFL Combine to see how Murray performs on such a big stage, as the only true knock on the 5-foot-10 star is his actual stature.