Matt BowenESPN Staff WriterClose
- Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is a veteran of four teams over seven seasons, and now provides analysis for ESPN Insider.
Kyler Murray can be an NFL quarterback. He has an NFL arm, and his speed and athleticism is unique for the position. Just put on the tape of his Heisman Trophy-winning season at Oklahoma. Pro traits are all over it.
Now, there has never been an NFL signal-caller built like him. He’s listed at 5-foot-10 but might be closer to 5-9. And he doesn’t have the body type of Russell Wilson, who’s 5-11 but built like a safety. That — plus a looming big decision on whether to give up football and stick with baseball — is why Murray isn’t a guaranteed first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
A smart NFL coach and offensive coordinator, however, would take advantage of Murray’s skill set even if he wasn’t picked in Round 1. And it might take Round 1 money for Murray to commit to football over his $4.66 million MLB signing bonus.
Let’s pick five team fits and situations in which Murray could thrive in 2019, plus the coaches who could get the best out of him. There are likely going to be several coaching changes — including new playcallers in Cleveland and Green Bay — so I’m excluding teams in flux.