Kyler Murray is officially on the NFL clock.

The Oklahoma quarterback and center fielder, who had been drafted No. 9 overall by the Oakland A’s in 2018, announced Monday he had declared for the NFL draft. A day earlier the team that owns his baseball rights tried to persuade him to come to Oakland. At least for now, Murray, who could still choose baseball in the end and has three days to back out of the NFL draft, is keeping his options open.

The A’s, who sent a contingent to Murray on Sunday as a last-ditch appeal, signed him after the baseball draft to a contract that included a $4.66 million signing bonus.

Many project the Heisman Trophy winner to be a first-round pick in a draft class that is thin at quarterback. Though he is 5-foot-10, a size traditionally seen as too short to succeed at the professional level, the evolution of the position and an increasing emphasis on athleticism surely will have NFL teams wondering about selecting Murray.

This season, which was expected to be Murray’s last in football, he threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns, along with running for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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