General Managers around the National Football League will be on high alert after Kyler Murray announced on Twitter that he's declared for April's draft. It's been rumoured for some time that this may be the route that Murray takes but it now appears he has chosen football over baseball.
The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner was picked ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics last season, netting a huge $4.66 million bonus in the process. There's still hope from the A's that his baseball career isn't over. Murray needed to declare by Monday at the latest in order to have any chance of entering the NFL this season, by doing so he has now given himself longer to make the choice, even if signs are pointing toward football.
There's still a lot of discussion in the NFL community about how he'd be viewed by teams. His height is a major issue but the success of Russell Wilson, marginally taller than Murray, has shown teams that height is perhaps not the issue that it was thought to be. Earlier in the season the new Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said that he'd take Murray first overall, which incredibly is where he finds himself picking with his new team.
The next few weeks are going to be interesting and we'll be keeping you in the loop every step of the way.
By Sam Farley