Kyler Murray's heart seems to be playing football.
The 21-year-old officially declared the NFL draft in 2019 on Monday, which did not completely close the door to a professional baseball career with the A&A. But the odds are not in Oakland's favor.
Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray actually submitted the paperwork to enter the NFL draft Friday, Source. He can always change, but his mind is built.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2019
It makes sense when you really think about it. Murray grew up in Texas, where football is not just a sport, it's a religion. He has probably dreamed of being an NFL quarterback throughout his life. Now that dream can become a reality.
Murray is projected by some soccer devaluers to be a first round draft, perhaps even in the top 1
Murray is a special talent and he has clear potential in both baseball and football. But let's be honest. At this point he is a far better football player than baseball player.
In his last baseball season in Oklahoma, he hit .296 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI in 51 games. They are certainly good numbers but far from big in college baseball.
To put it in perspective, 117 Division I players hit .350 or better last year. 64 players hit at least 15 home ground. While Murray may have an extremely high ceiling in professional baseball, he still needs to develop a lot.
It certainly is not his fault. He just didn't play almost as much baseball as his peers. Although Murray met his potential as a great leaguer, it would probably not be for at least a couple of years since he has a lot to do.
Meanwhile, Murray is already an elite quarterback on the football field. He has incredible speed and athleticism, not to mention a strong arm. So what if he is 5-foot-9? Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is not much higher and has done fine in the NFL.
Many fans have claimed that Murray should choose baseball because professional baseball players earn more money than football players. It is not necessarily right.
MLB players can earn lots of money, but not for several years. Minor-league players make pennies, and young big leaguers earn well under a million dollars a year in their first few seasons. The big contracts will not come much later.
Who's to say Murray will certainly develop into a major-league outfielder? We have seen countless first round picks failing to realize the way teams had hoped. Someone can have all the talent and athleticism in the world, but that doesn't mean he can hit a 98 mph fastball or a 12 to 6 curve.
In the NFL, however, premiere picks are paid right away, especially quarterbacks. Last year, Baker Mayfield received a deficit bonus of nearly $ 22 million, and more than $ 32 million. Guaranteed to be assembled first. Fellow top 10 quarters Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen all earned signing bonuses of more than $ 10 million and were guaranteed over $ 17 million in their contracts, much more than Murray's $ 4.66 million signing bonus with A & # 39 ; p.
Of course, Murray's decision should really just come down to what sport he loves more. Unfortunately, the answer seems to be football. Last month, he was asked if he would rather win a Heisman Trophy or a World Series.
"I'd rather win a Heisman," Murray said.
Maybe we should have listened.