Now that Kyler Murray is fully committed to playing quarterback, the Heisman Trophy winner will have to show scouts that he isn’t just another product of the college system. He’ll have the opportunity to put his skills on display during the NFL Combine, if he chooses to be a full participant.
One of the major knocks on Murray is his small stature, specifically because his height and weight doesn’t match league standards. However, former teammate Baker Mayfield had similar concerns and turned into the No. 1 overall pick in the previous draft.
While Murray will be measured at the biggest scouting event in the NFL, the dual-threat quarterback might not take part in all the on-field workouts. This includes the throwing drills that are closely watched by a plethora of coaches and executives.
Although many prospects have turned away from the physical drills at the combine, the Oklahoma superstar would most likely raise more questions from scouts by not taking action in every drill.
Murray told reporters at the Davey O’Brien Awards banquet Monday he’s not decided if he will participate in any of the on-field workouts, including throwing drills, per the Associated Press.
If Murray ultimately decides not to throw it would surely cause some to question his commitment to football and competitive nature (questioning a person’s “competitiveness” is a classic NFL old school move to demean a player when he doesn’t kowtow to the imposed process).
Another important part of the combine for Murray will be the interview process. He’ll have to show coaches that he can handle the immense workload placed on quarterbacks at the next level.
It’ll be worth monitoring Murray’s final decision to see whether or not he’ll take part in all the drills.