In the immediate aftermath of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray winning the Heisman Trophy, an informal survey of NFL decision-makers resulted in a loose consensus that it will be impossible to determine Murray's draft prospects until he fully commits to football - including full submission to the oftentimes nonsensical grind of the pre-draft process over spring training.
Murray, an outfielder on the diamond, is due to report to spring training in Arizona on February 15 - nearly two weeks before the NFL's scouting combine takes place.
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If Murray does in fact choose the National Football League over baseball, he would have to return his $4.66 signing bonus, and the A's would not get a compensation pick in the June draft.
ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have noted that Murray could be a first-round pick, and ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday that Murray was getting "first-round feedback" about the NFL.
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At a listed 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, Murray is very small for an National Football League quarterback. - Murray has an invite to big-league camp. At that point, Murray would have to make a decision on what sport he wants to play. At present, the only thing guaranteed to Murray in his baseball career is that $4.66MM bonus. Unless Murray really loves baseball, it seems like the best chance to cash in right away would be going to the NFL. He helped the Sooners reach the College Football Playoffs where they would lose to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Orange Bowl.
"I'd like to do both if possible, " he said.
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Murray would have to pay back his bonus with the A's, who would not receive a compensatory draft pick if they do not sign the outfielder. I turned down a bunch of opportunities to be a Trojan and go to USC because of the great program and what I knew we could do there.