However, after leading Oklahoma to a 12-2 record and a Big 12 title, Murray's draft projections have skyrocketed, which is likely the reason he made a decision to choose an National Football League career over an MLB career.
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Even then, Murray's decision to enter the 2019 NFL Draft and potentially give up the multi-million dollar bonus MLB's Oakland A's handed him could change the entire dynamic in Nashville this coming April. Some pundits have him as a possible first-round pick. At present, the only thing guaranteed to Murray in his baseball career is that $4.66MM bonus.
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"If you're talking about using a first- or a second-round pick on him, you have to know that he's committed to play (football)", one high-ranking NFC team executive said.
"Was that a deal-breaker for you if they didn't want you to go back to". The Athletics selected Murray with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft. But with a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury, who has spoken glowingly of Murray in the past, it's not completely impossible that he would make a push to hand-pick a quarterback to fit his offense.
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Gurley had 115 yards on 16 carries - including a 35-yard touchdown in the second quarter that was his longest TD of the season. Of course, keeping pace with Kansas City's dynamic offense led by All-Pro quarterback Patrick Mahomes is a major challenge.
Overall, if Murray does indeed join fellow underclassmen Dwayne Haskins in this year's draft, the likelihood Washington lands a rookie quarterback with their draft pick skyrockets. But it does increase the likelihood he plays pro football rather than baseball. The Indianapolis Colts traded down from the third pick to the sixth pick in last year's draft and added three second-round picks for the trouble.