To be a successful NFL team, it is essential for teams to have a quarterback they can depend on. With Kyler Murray, he can be the what puts an organization despite his 5’10”, 207 pound stature.
Put Up Historic Numbers in College
The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Murray showed at Oklahoma in 2018 he is dynamic as a thrower and runner. He threw for 4, 361, 42 touchdowns and only seven interceptions to go along with 1,001 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
His 42 throwing touchdowns and 12 rushing put him in elite company. Murray joins only Marcus Mariota and Patrick Mahomes to throw for 40-plus touchdowns and 10-plus rushing touchdowns in the last decade for FBS quarterbacks. Both Mariota and Mahomes went on to be top-10 NFL draft picks. Murray also joined Deshaun Watson as the only quarterbacks in FBS history to throw for 4,000-plus yards and run for 1,000-plus yards in a season.
Murray will be compared to the quarterback he replaced at Oklahoma, Baker Mayfield, and for good reason. They each played in the same offense at, are critiqued for their height and nearly put up identical passing statistics their last season in college. In 2017 at Oklahoma, Mayfield threw for 4,627 yards, 43 touchdowns and only six interceptions on his way to winning his own Heisman.
Height Does Not Effect Batted Passes
As impressive as Murray’s college numbers are, teams may fear Murray’s passes getting batted down. According to Pro Football Focus, Daniel Jones, a 6’5” potential first-round pick out of Duke, had 12 passes batted down at the line of scrimmage, doubling Murray who only had five.
And it is not just a college thing. Joe Flacco, 6’6”, ranked second in the NFL with 13-batted passes. Drew Brees, 6’0”, and Russell Wilson, 5’11”, had only 12-batted passes combined.
Pushes the Ball Downfield and Elite Off Play-Action
Murray’s size does not limit his ability to push the ball downfield as well. He averaged 11.6 per pass attempt last season, the highest average from a FBS quarterback in the last five seasons. He is also elite off of play-action. According to PFF, Murray threw for 18 touchdowns off play-action, tying for second most of any FBS quarterback. That is also five more touchdowns than the NFL leader Jared Goff, who had 13 touchdowns off of play-action.
Head Coaches Love Him
The stature of Murray should not be a concern. Murray can be entertaining to watch for years to come with his type of play style. New Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said back in October he would take Murray with the first pick of the NFL Draft when he was at Texas Tech.
Ironically, the Cardinals have the first overall pick. Selecting Murray will not be a bad decision even if the team already has Josh Rosen at quarterback.