The only problem there is that they chose Josh Rosen with the #10 pick in the NFL Draft just previous year.
The NFL combine will be huge in regards to Murray's draft stock.
The Oakland Athletics expect Oklahoma standout Kyler Murray to choose football and enter the NFL draft prior to Sunday's deadline, reports Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. The A's and Murray had an agreement in place: they would allow him to play one more year of football at Oklahoma before joining the club for spring training in 2019.
Not only did Rosen post the second-lowest completion percentage (55.2) of all 33 qualifying quarterbacks in his rookie season, but his new coach Kliff Kingsbury is a big Murray admirer.
The Athletics may be playing things cool at the moment, but Murray's decision to entertain the draft process should be setting off alarm bells in the Bay.
It's an entirely understandable choice from Murray's perspective. His outing against Alabama in the National Semifinal likely won over any skeptics that remained about his ability to play football against elite competition. The Texas native batted.296 with 13 doubles, 10 home runs, a.954 OPS and 10 stolen bases for the Sooners baseball team, which led to him becoming a top-10 pick.
When the two faced off this past fall, Murray put on a show, totaling 460 yards (360 passing, 100 rushing) and four touchdowns to defeat Texas Tech 51-46. And if we're to believe ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cardinals could actually be open to trading Rosen - who they drafted 10th overall a year ago - in order to take Murray with the first overall pick in the draft. A player like Russell Wilson looks like a solid comp for Murray, but even he is a full inch taller.