Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray turned college football upside down in 2018, winning the Heisman Trophy and guiding the Sooners to the College Football Playoff.
His electric speed and blinding quickness combined with a lethal, accurate arm to elevate Oklahoma’s normally fast-paced offense into an organized blur.
Murray was dynamic in college in a way few players ever are, and now, the question is if he can do the same in the professional ranks.
His height is no longer an issue; he’s over 5-foot-10.
His weight is no longer an issue; he’s over 200 pounds.
The biggest issue now is if he can run an NFL offense with the likes of Von Miller or Khalil Mack coming after him.
In Washington, however, the issues might be different.
Bruce Allen, Doug Williams and Jay Gruden have all explained that any addition at quarterback comes with the immediate expectations of winning.
According to those guys, the Redskins are built to win, and win this season. Washington is infamously “close” in 2019.
More likely than not, Kyler isn’t close.
It will take an innovative offensive mind willing to rebuild their entire offense around Murray to succeed. There won’t be many traditional sets with the quarterback under center, and the run game will likely take a back seat to moving pockets and RPOs.
Gruden might have the mind to design that offense, but the Redskins don’t have the luxury of redesigning their offense.
The team has more than $100 million committed to the offensive side of the football for 2019. The team has significant cash spent at both tackle spots and two tight ends.
The team has invested in both Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson, and when Gruden spoke about his offense a few weeks ago, he explained he wanted to grind out wins by playing low scoring, ball control football.
Kyler Murray is the opposite of low scoring, ball control football.
Now, if Washington thought actually landing Murray was possible, the tune might change. No player would jolt the fan base to life like Murray.
But it certainly seems that Murray will go No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft to Arizona. It’s a great fit, as the Cardinals have a young innovative offensive mind in first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury and an ability to rebuild their offense.
Murray in the desert makes a lot of sense.
Murray in the nation's capital does not.
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