What kind of NFL prospect is Kyler Murray and could he be a fit for the New York Giants? Allen Kenney of SB Nation’s Oklahoma Sooners website Crimson and Cream Machine and the Blatant Homerism podcast joins ‘Valentine’s Views’ to discuss the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
Kenney told Big Blue View that “clearly, football is Kyler Murray’s first love.”
Here are some of the other topics we discussed.
Are Murray’s skills transferable to the NFL?
“I always worry about the size when it comes to guys like that. I would have said the same thing about Baker Mayfield coming out of Oklahoma last year. You worry about things like can he see over the line, can he see in the pocket, how likely is it that his throws are going to be getting tipped or batted at the line. On top of that just his size in general, how can he handle the physical punishment,” Kenney said.
“I think that the questions about his ability to transfer all those skills over the NFL are very legitimate.”
On the other hand ...
“You don’t also see quarterback prospects with his athleticism, his arm strength, his quickness, his speed out there very often. So, is it worth the risk? I think if you’re a quarterback-needy team, yeah.”
Will Murray be successful in the NFL?
“My knee-jerk response to that question is no, but that’s just because so few NFL quarterbacks actually make it. That would be me just kind of playing the numbers, it’s not necessarily a reflection of how I feel about Murray as a prospect. I’m still not entirely sure the NFL is ready to make the best use of his talents,” Kenney said.
“It’s not really a question of whether or not Murray can do it. It’s just hard to find the right situation for a quarterback anymore in the NFL to really thrive .. it’s more a crap shoot.”
Could the Giants be the right fit?
“Clearly there is a high risk-reward possibility here,” Kenney said. “The one thing that would give me a lot of confidence about the Giants taking him is that I think a lot of [Pat] Shurmur and his ability as you mentioned to groom and develop quarterbacks. From that standpoint that seems like it would be a pretty good situation for him.”
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