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Pat Shurmur Shoots Down Idea That Kyler Murray Is Too Small For Giants

Kyle Murray walks off the field.

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

The New York Giants have largely run their team in a traditional way - with big quarterbacks and an establish the run mentality. But given the availability of a slightly smaller quarterback in Kyler Murray being available when they make their pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the team has had to address the issue.

Earlier this month, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported that it is "unlikely" that the Giants would go after a quarterback of Murray's stature. He says that the franchise values "prototypical" size at the position.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur dismissed the idea that the team could not draft Murray. He stated that he did not have a specific idea of what is "too short" for a quarterback, pointing to Russell Wilson as an example.

“Quarterbacks come in all shapes and sizes,” said Shurmur. “I don’t know what’s too small. Russell Wilson is 5-foot-10.”

Though he has not been measured yet, it is widely expected that Murray will be measured at around 5-foot-9. Such a height would still be among the smallest among quarterbacks in NFL history.

Continuing to compliment Murray, Shurmur expressed his appreciation for mobile quarterbacks in the similar mold to the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

“I value a quarterback that can move around,” said Shurmur.

Murray set records for efficiency with Oklahoma last year, and rushed for 1,002 yards and 12 touchdowns on 140 carries. Through the air, he had another 42 touchdowns and 4,361 yards.

But even if the Giants do draft a quarterback - Murray or otherwise - it may be a while before he sees the field.

In the same press conference, Shurmur made it clear that incumbent quarterback Eli Manning would be sticking around.