Kyler Murray probably did not have these worries before the MLB draft.
Murray has become the hottest topic around April’s NFL draft, which has led to widespread questions about his leadership abilities after he interviewed with teams at the scouting combine. Whether those doubts are legitimate or simply smokescreens is difficult to translate. And, for now, Murray has stayed quiet, as difficult as that might be for the Heisman winner from Oklahoma.
But Lincoln Riley, who coached him with the Sooners, cast doubt on those questioning Murray.
“I’ve personally spoken with the majority of teams that he met with [at the Combine] and everyone was glowing about their conversations with Kyler,” Riley said on the “Dan Patrick Show.” “Basically the complete opposite of what Charley [Casserly] said.”
Casserly, a former longtime NFL executive, characterized the feeling around the NFL on Murray as “the worst comments I ever got on a high-rated quarterback.”
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Yet, Murray remains very much a possibility for the No. 1 pick in the draft. The Cardinals have that selection and have done little to kill widely reported rumors of their interest, though new coach Kliff Kingsbury said that is far from the “done deal” some speculated at the combine.
“It makes it fun having the first pick because nobody knows if you are trying to throw smokescreens or telling the truth or what,” Kingsbury told the Cardinals website. “There are a thousand different ways you can go with this, and we are still 50 days away.”
Jon Gruden also has been effusive of Murray and, according to a report from the Athletic on Wednesday, the Raiders coach remains “all over him.” Meanwhile, Dan Patrick said a scout told him that Murray’s 5-foot-10 height at the scouting combine was inflated.
“If he refuses to measure at the Pro Day, it would be telling,” the scout told Patrick.
Yup, exactly 50 days and counting.