Kyler Murray might not be the greatest prospect over the past few years, but the dual-threat quarterback is certainly the most polarizing. There are certain people that find him to be an elite playmaker, yet the other side of the spectrum features a strong amount of skeptics.
The biggest concern with Murray is his small frame, which could struggle to handle the brutality of the NFL. However, it’s worth noting that he didn’t suffer many hits in his only season as the starter at Oklahoma.
Murray has the athleticism and arm strength that should excite general managers everywhere. Unfortunately, Scot McCloughan isn’t one of those executives that is completely sold on the Heisman Trophy winner.
Sports Illustrated spoke to McCloughan for its feature on Murray, as the former GM of the 49ers and Redskins revealed that he doesn’t see him as a “go-getter.”
On the flip side, McCloughan did go out of his way to explain that Murray’s lack of leadership shouldn’t affect his production on the gridiron.
From Sports Illustrated:
“To be a legit NFL quarterback you’ve got to have leadership qualities,” says Scot McCloughan, a former NFL GM who assisted the Browns in scouting Mayfield, their 2018 No. 1 pick. “Watching Kyler do an interview, it’s like, C’mon, guy, what do you got? Give me something. I’m sure they’re trying to train him up, but . . . he’s just not a go-getter. Doesn’t mean he can’t be a good QB. Just means he’s not gonna be the guy in the locker room.”
The NFL Draft is set for next Thursday, where all signs point to Murray becoming the No. 1 overall pick.
We’ll find out then if the Arizona Cardinals believe Murray can be the face of their franchise.