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NORMAN, Okla. -- Kyler Murray broke a few vows Wednesday. The Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner also broke a few hearts.

Despite indicating at the NFL Scouting Combine last week that he would complete tests on his pro day, Murray did not run 40-yard dash, did not do shuttle drills and did not do any jumps.

Murray also declined to be re-measured for height, which came to a fraction over 5-foot-10 at the combine, and he has been a frequent topic of conversation.

So, NFL teams had to settle for watching him throw the football as if he had owned it all his life.

“That was impressive, really impressive,” Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson told NBC Sports Bay Area. “He had a great workout.”

Murray, by our count, threw 66 passes, zipping fastballs toward each sideline, lofting touch passes with impeccable timing and launching tight 55-yard spirals with a flick of his right wrist. The economy of motion on each toss was near absolute.

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All but four passes, by our count, were caught by one of the five receivers on hand, a couple of whom weren’t confirmed until last weekend.

“A couple days ago, I was scrambling trying to find three receivers,” Murray said. “I didn’t think I was going to have anything except two receivers.. . . It’s my job to put the ball on them. Obviously, we’re not just in sync, but I thought today went well (considering) I’ve only thrown with those guys the past two days.”

 

Many analysts project Murray to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft come April 25. The Arizona Cardinals, who own that top pick, were not in attendance Wednesday, and first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury long has expressed his fondness for Murray’s skills.

“He texted me the other day,” Murray said.

Still, the New York Giants (who currently have the No. 6 pick) were quick to meet with the quarterback once he completed his workout. Murray said he has individual meetings scheduled with “a couple” NFL teams.

So, while there is wide appreciation of Murray’s gifts, only one team can draft him, leaving the others hoping and wishing for a way to get in on the action.

Which is why the Raiders (who own the No. 4 overall pick) and the Giants can’t be dismissed.

“He was very light on his feet, he made all the throws and he also answered the questions about taking drops from center,” Olson said.

With his combination of arm strength, speed and robust stature – he weighed in at 205 on Wednesday – Murray has drawn comparisons with Seattle’s Russell Wilson and former Pro Bowl star Michael Vick.

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“We're a different league now than we used be,” longtime personnel expert Gil Brandt said. “There’s so much more movement, which helps a guy of lesser height play and play well. Wilson’s been to two Super Bowls and won one of them.

“Murray’s a good player. He’s going to help somebody.”