The following is a Kyler Murray NFL Draft Profile highlighting everything that you need to know about the Oklahoma QB. Listed below is his scouting report highlighting strengths and weaknesses while looking at his NFL player comparison and his projection
Kyler Murray NFL Draft Profile
Height: 5’10” Weight: 195lbs School: Oklahoma
Phenomenal natural arm talent with the functional arm strength to make every throw on the field. Generates plenty of zip to all levels through strong lower body and tendency to torque off back hip. Exceptional thrower off platform and on the move. Able to maintain his accuracy and still generate plenty of heat on off platform throws. Effortlessly mixes touch and zip, varying the pace of the throw depending on the coverage and how he can give his receiver the best chance to make a play.
One of Murray’s standout traits at the minute is his deep ball. Rarely do you see a bad deep miss from Murray. Everything is catchable and more often than not, is floated over the receivers shoulder where the defender can’t make a play on the ball. Throws the ball well over the middle of the field on intermediate range throws. He has proven more than capable of testing closing windows over the middle. Additionally, he knows how to place the ball relative to the coverage enabling his receiver the best shot at coming down with the catch.
Murray has some nice moments managing the pocket. He anticipates blitzes well and does a good job speeding up his process when he feels blitzes closing in. Has an innate feel for edge pressure and as the season went on he showed more willingness to step up into space, instead of scrambling, when he detects the edge collapsing. Possesses the mobility to make subtle movements to beat free rushers.
Flashes the ability to make anticipatory throws to the sideline, anticipating the receivers break and getting the ball out quickly. Throughout the season, he showed the ability to work from one half of the field to the other in his reads but, consistency is lacking in this area.
Explosive athlete with rare athletic traits for a QB. Short strider with sudden change of direction quickness and instant burst. Will always look to protect himself when scrambling and won’t take unnecessary shots.
Mechanically Murray is pretty advanced for a 1 year starter. He has a quick and clean release with no wasted motion in his upper body mechanics. Aligns his feet with his eyes and does a good job following through and shifting his weight through the throw
Murray’s accuracy in the quick passing game comes and goes. Too often hurries his throwing process and doesn’t establish a sound throwing base when getting the ball out quick. Ultimately this leads to misplaced balls and forces his receivers to adjust for the football.
Within the pocket, Murray needs to improve at finding spots to step up into and do a better job finding exit points. Given his frame, Murray’s tendency to fall off in the pocket is unsurprising. Stepping up will make his sight lines and throwing lanes muddier and is perhaps a factor in his hesitation. Too often he will bail out the back off the pocket or, drop his eyes to run as opposed to correctly maneuvering in the pocket to evade pressure and deliver passes.
Perhaps the biggest concern I have with Murray is his ability to get through his progressions and make good decisions with the football. His ability to ID coverages post snap is a concern and as a result he can leave plays on the field. He will be slow to move off his initial read at times and consistency working late into his progressions is lacking. At times he struggles to correctly ID safety leverage and this leads to ill advised throws. In the face of pressure Murray has a tendency to force the issue to his primary read, a habit he will need to break at the next level
Despite lacking anywhere close to ideal size, Murray is a very ‘toolsy’ QB. He possesses a rare combination of arm talent, accuracy and mobility, giving him an incredibly high ceiling. There are still areas for him to improve. Predominantly as a processor post snap and with his consistency throwing in the short passing game, but the tools to develop are special.
Murray may not fit what every NFL team is looking for but a creative offensive coordinator will be able to create a dynamic offense around Murray. Whilst Murray is far from a safe pick, he offers significant upside due to his rare physical tools. Not only a dynamic running threat, Murray’s natural traits as a passer are apparent and his game is littered with shades of a pocket sized Pat Mahomes. In the right situation, Murray can be one of the most explosive QBs in the league and a well above average starter. Murray graded out as my number 1 QB in the 2019 NFL Draft and received a first round grade.
Pro Comparison: Russell Wilson/Pat Mahomes
Grade: 1st Round