A minimum of one skilled believes A’s first-round draft decide Kyler Murray may find yourself taking part in for Oakland in any case.
With the Raiders.
Murray, the Oklahoma quarterback who received the Heisman Trophy after being the No. 9 choice by the A’s within the baseball draft, could possibly be a goal for coach Jon Gruden at No. 4, in accordance with longtime ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
“You speak about an interesting participant, it’s Kyler Murray, and doubtless probably the most fascinating group on this draft for apparent causes is the Oakland Raiders,” Kiper stated throughout a nationwide convention name Tuesday.
For the document, Kiper has Murray going at No. 13 to the Miami Dolphins in his mock draft. His decide for the Raiders is Michigan defensive finish Rashan Gary at No. 4. After passing for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns with seven interceptions and dashing for 1,001 with 12 scores, Kiper has joined the legion of draft analysts and scouts who seem unconcerned about Murray’s bodily stature.
Murray is listed at 5-foot-10, however could also be shorter. He’ll be measured on the NFL scouting mix in Indianapolis, which begins on March 1. His passing means and athleticism aren’t in query, and Murray’s ability set interprets in an period of unfold offenses in a manner it wouldn’t have even 5 years in the past. Kiper believes Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins (projected at No. 6 to the New York Giants) and Murray are the highest two quarterbacks within the draft.
“His arm power, his accuracy, his soccer IQ, at present’s NFL fits him completely,” Kiper stated. “Is he the fourth decide within the draft to Oakland? Does he go No. 11 to Cincinnati? No. 13 to Miami? Does he go forward of Dwayne Haskins? He may. He’s form of a wild card.”
Haskins is a conventional dropback passer, one thing extra alongside the strains of Raiders incumbent quarterback Derek Carr. Carr is due a assured wage of $19.9 million this season and made strides final season beneath Gruden, however Kiper isn’t satisfied the 2 are tied on the hip going ahead.
“Does he transfer froward with Derek Carr, or determine, `Hey, I can get just a little little bit of an improve right here and risk get a man that may change factors with (Chiefs quarterback) Patrick Mahomes,” Kiper stated.
Though smaller, Murray is a artistic playmaker alongside the strains of Mahomes, and Kiper notes Gruden has lengthy raved about Seattle’s Russell Wilson — one other participant whose peak was a query.
Whereas teaching on the Senior Bowl, Gruden stated he had modified his views on what a quarterback ought to appear like.
“I used to say that quite a bit till I noticed Drew Brees twice a 12 months in Tampa, then I met Russell Wilson popping out at N.C. State, and now I’m watching this child, Murray, popping out of Oklahoma and I’m placing away all of the prototypes I as soon as had.”
Murray, an outfielder, was drafted by the A’s, signed a contract with a $4.66 million bonus after which performed his junior season at Oklahoma. He introduced on Feb. 11 he would play soccer professionally. The bonus was returned to the A’s, who retain his rights ought to soccer not work out.
The guide on Gary
Gary, who has been a well-liked option to the Raiders at No. Four given their want for a cross rush, seems to be the a part of a dominating defender at 6-foot-6, 283 kilos.
The bodily attributes haven’t all the time translated into numbers, nevertheless, as Gary had 9 half of sacks in 44 video games over three seasons at Michigan. He can be watched carefully on the mix.
“There’s a concern since you’d prefer to see extra dominating performs,” Kiper stated. “He’s obtained to check out as that freak we all know he may be and have numbers which are off the charts to keep up that place. He’s a kind of guys you count on him to be rather more productive from a sack standpoint as soon as he’s within the NFL . . . as soon as he’s within the NFL, any defensive position coach would say, `Hey, give me that man, I could make him a man that has huge sack numbers.”
With their different two first-round alternatives acquired in trades for Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, Kiper has the Raiders deciding on Washington cornerback Byron Murphy at No. 24 and Florida State edge rusher Brian Burns at No. 27.
Kiper stated Murphy is the form of playmaker Gruden covets, though he may go larger between No. 15 and No. 20.
Burns, at 6-foot-5, 235 kilos, is constructed equally to Arden Key, the Raiders third-round draft decide a 12 months in the past. Burns had 10 sacks and 15.5 tackles for losses final season for the Seminoles and had 23 sacks in his three seasons.