Dual Threat

Kyler Murray declared for the NFL draft, setting off a firestorm of questions and predictions for his future. Murray was picked 9th by the Oakland A’s in the 2018 MLB draft and would become the first player to be picked in the first round of two sports. That of course would only apply if an NFL team agreed to take him in the first round. He won the Heisman, but is not a traditional QB and is 5″10. Doug Flutie is the last QB to be that short. Declaring for the draft doesn’t mean Murray has decided to play football, but it does allow him to see his options. The 4.6 million dollar signing bonus the A’s are paying him is a lot of money, but Lamar Jackson, the 32nd pick of last year’s draft, got 9.4 million with a 5 million dollar signing bonus. In the long run, baseball superstars will earn more and play longer with fewer health risks. However, there is no guarantee that Murray is a star. MLB ranks him as a 50 out of 80. Most scouts describe him as brilliantly talented, but quite raw and prone to too many strikeouts. What is strange and slightly disturbing is that the MLB has gotten involved. The league seems to have made it a priority that Murray choose baseball. It is not a great look for the league to get too involved with a player especially a minor leaguer. The NFL isn’t rushing to make sure he stays with them, because he is one player. If he doesn’t play football it will not irreparably damage the sport in any way. The moves MLB are making reek of desperation. The decision to declare for the draft gives him more time to ponder the toughest choice of his life. The choice lies with him, but we shouldn’t forget how incredible an accomplishment it is to be considered worthy of a first round pick in 2 different sports.