Can Murray help the Giants’ odds of finding a franchise quarterback?
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray will be attending the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. This, according to Adam Schefter after the NFL released the names of the 338 combine participants to accept invitations.
Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray has decided to attend the NFL combine.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2019
The New York Giants find themselves in a position that is intriguing to outsiders and difficult for themselves (and their fans). The team needs to plot a course for life after Eli Manning, and they need to do so quickly to maximize their window with Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, and Sterling Shepard.
As we have seen, analysts and mock drafters have settled on Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins as the pick for the Giants in the 2019 NFL draft, and missing on him potentially puts the team in even more of a bind. However, with his decision to attend the Scouting Combine, Kyler Murray seems to indicate that he has chosen football over baseball. That is a good decision for the Giants, as it adds another potential top quarterback prospect to the mix.
Murray will be an incredibly polarizing prospect this spring. From a purely traits-based perspective, Murray has the potential to be the best quarterback in the draft, even above Haskins. Murray is inexperienced (as is Haskins) but he has shown accuracy to all levels of the field, and his decision making is generally sound. What sets him apart from the rest of the class is his combination of athleticism in and out of the pocket and a Mahomesian arm which lets him deliver the ball from any base and arm slot. Much like Pat Mahomes, Murray’s baseball background gives him the tools to generate enormous torque without having to set his feet and drive the ball down accurately the field with a compact motion.
Considering the only quarterback Dave Gettleman has ever drafted is Kyle Lauletta, we don’t have a track record of what he would prefer in the position. However, going by his history with other positions, he will value size. And in that regard, the Combine will be incredibly important to Murray. If he comes in to the combine at 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, that might be close enough to Russell Wilson’s size (5-11, 204) that teams could be comfortable with him. If he is much smaller than that, however, his stock will be difficult to determine.
That being said, it is unlikely that Murray ranks highly on the Giants’ big board — if he is there at all. But even so, for now it’s nice to dream about him making a play similar to this, only in Giants’ blue and to Odell Beckham: