Now that Kyler Murray has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, we can start projecting where he might be picked.
Several mock drafts have Murray slated to go in the first round, but now, a different projection is emerging.
According to the NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, NFL scouts he has talked to have Murray going slightly lower.
"Perhaps now Kyler Murray will get some opinions on where he goes," Rapoport said. "Based on the scouts I've talked to, they project a second- or third-rounder, and complicating things is his height. He is very short, five-foot-nine, probably. And athletically, he's unbelievable. Everyone saw the kind of job he did in helping him win the Heisman Trophy this year. But it's been difficult for these guys I've talked to evaluate him because there just aren't a lot of examples of a five-foot-nine quarterback trying to do what he does."
Taken with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft in June, Murray got a $4.66 million signing bonus from the A's. If Murray is a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, his signing bonus would likely exceed what the A's paid him. Quarterback Lamar Jackson was the No. 32 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and received a $4.968 million from the Baltimore Ravens.
If Murray were to fall to the second round, he'd receive considerably less than the $4.66 million the A's gave him. The first pick of the second round in 2018 got a $3.584 million signing bonus, while the last pick of the third round got $761,516, according to Spotrac.com.
So, if what Rapoport is hearing is true, then this gamble by Murray wouldn't pay off -- at least from a monetary perspective.