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Kyler Murray's agent doubles down on A's future; NFL scouts differ on QB

Kyler Murray's agent doubles down on A's future; NFL scouts differ on QB

For the second time in recent days, Kyler Murray's baseball agent has made his client's future with the Oakland A's loud and clear.

"Kyler Murray is a baseball player, (and) is going to show up for spring training in February for the Oakland A's," Scott Boras told NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. 

Boras essentially sent the same message to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday. 

“He could play in the NFL, certainly,” Boras said to Slusser. “But no one understands this guy’s future in major league baseball — he’s got an opportunity to separate himself from everyone. He’s got a chance to be a great major-leaguer.”

Murray, drafted by the A's with the No. 9 overall pick in June before signing a $4.66 million signing bonus, won the Heisman Trophy six months later Saturday. One day before the honor, the Oklahoma quarterback said he would "love to play football and baseball both professionally."

If Murray decides to also give the NFL a shot, it sounds like scouts have differing opinions on the electrifying quarterback who is favorably listed at just 5-foot-10.

NFL scouts tell Rapoport that Murray likely would be a Day 2 pick, in the second or third round of the draft. At the same time, ESPN's Adam Schefter heard from one NFL GM that the A's prospect is a first-round pick, and he can thank the quarterback he replaced at Oklahoma for that.

As for what Murray is saying about his future, it's not much, and that actually could speak volumes. 

Underclassmen have until Jan. 14 to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Boras can continue to say Murray will fulfill his commitment to the A's, but the agent nor the actual athlete have put an official end to his future in football. 

A's prospect Kyler Murray apologizes for homophobic tweets from 2012

A's prospect Kyler Murray apologizes for homophobic tweets from 2012

Kyler Murray was on Cloud Nine on Saturday night in New York. Six months after being the No. 9 overall pick in the MLB Draft by the A's, the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback won the Heisman Trophy

Then late into the night/early Sunday morning, Murray had to turn to Twitter to apologize for poor decisions he made when he was 14 and 15 years old. 

After winning the highest honor in college football, old tweets that Murray surely wishes he could take back surfaced  Several tweets show him using a homophobic slur in 2012

Fast forward to 2018, and Murray is 21 years old. He hasn't found himself in any true controversy aside from causing Twitter debates over what sport he should play professionally.

Murray's next task on the football field is taking on top-ranked Alabama at the Orange Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinals Dec. 29.

A's prospect Kyler Murray would rather win Heisman Trophy than World Series

A's prospect Kyler Murray would rather win Heisman Trophy than World Series

Hours before winning the Heisman Trophy, Kyler Murray was presented with a hypothetical.

The A's prospect/Oklahoma Sooners quarterback was asked whether he'd rather win a Heisman, or a World Series trophy. A's fans, you might want to look away. 

"I'd rather win a Heisman," Murray said. "I mean, no disrespect to a World Series, but ..."

Can you blame the kid? The 21-year-old became one of just over 80 college football players to win the Heisman, while (at least) 25 players win a World Series every season.  

Still, the answer came days after Murray hinted he was open to exploring an NFL future. 

"I think that's something me and my family will talk about at the end of the season and weigh out the options of what the NFL thinks of me," Murray told ESPN's Tim Tebow. "Right now my future is already kind of planned out, but we'll see what happens."

The A's drafted Murray ninth overall in June's draft, and agent Scott Boras told the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser this week that the A's had nothing to worry about. 

“Kyler has every intention of fulfilling his agreement with the A’s, and he’s grateful he has had the chance to pursue his college goals,” Boras told Slusser. “He will be in spring training with the A’s.”

Now that his preferred is checked off his bucket list, maybe Boras' words will ultimately prove correct.