Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray
21-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Arizona Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Cardinals are all in on Kyler Murray. They made the Heisman Trophy winner this year's top draft pick and already named him the starter. New coach Kliff Kingsbury said he'll tailor his air raid offense around Murray, who shouldn't face too steep of a learning curve after he excelled in Oklahoma's spread attack, joining Deshaun Watson as the only quarterbacks in FBS history with 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season. Murray has a strong arm, quick release and first-rate elusiveness - he was sacked on just 4.5 percent of his dropbacks last season. Height is his only issue, but it's a big one. At 5-10 1/8, he's the shortest quarterback drafted in the first round since 1953. He's also shorter than Russell Wilson, who despite all his success has trouble seeing over large linemen at times. The Cardinals are betting that, like Wilson, Murray can overcome it with exceptional athleticism - he was picked ninth overall in the 2018 MLB draft - and instinctive playmaking skills. He'll be surrounded by physically gifted receivers with spread-offense experience. Second-round pick Andy Isabella ran a 4.31 40 at the combine, fourth-round pick Hakeem Butler is 6-5, second-year WR Christian Kirk played in the air raid at Texas Tech, and the team even signed oft-injured WVU product Kevin White. Murray also has Larry Fitzgerald working the slot and an excellent receiver out of the backfield in David Johnson. The biggest question is how well the air raid offense will work in the NFL. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $35.16 million contract with the Cardinals in May of 2019.
Selected by Arizona
QBArizona Cardinals
April 25, 2019
The Cardinals selected Murray in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, first overall.
ANALYSIS
It's rare enough to find a 5-foot-10 quarterback in the NFL at all, and before now it was certainly unprecedented for one to go this high in the draft. Even Russell Wilson fell to the third round after his own brilliant college career. Perhaps times are changing, but Murray is an exceptional talent who might just be the first of his kind. As much as Wilson is the closest comparison, Murray is substantially more athletic, claiming to possess 4.30 speed in addition to a quick, strong-arm release. Murray completed 260 of 377 passes (69.0 completion percentage) for 4,361 yards (11.6 YPA), 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 14 games at Oklahoma last year, adding another 1,001 yards (7.2 YPC) and 12 touchdowns on the ground. For some perspective on those numbers, consider that in 2017 Baker Mayfield threw for 4,627 yards (11.5 YPA), 43 touchdowns and six interceptions in the same offense. Murray should be an immediate fantasy factor -- perhaps even a standout QB1 in 12-team leagues. Even if the Cardinals don't trade Josh Rosen -- and it would be borderline shocking if they did not -- Murray would still be the heavy favorite to start Week 1 in Arizona. The arrival of coach Kliff Kingsbury and his Air Raid offense heightens Murray's already substantial fantasy potential, because the Cardinals figure to run a high-tempo offense that affords Murray standout usage volume as both a passer and runner. So long as he's starting Week 1, Murray could be an immediate top-10 fantasy quarterback with the potential to finish much higher.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Kyler Murray's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
207 lbs
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
28.50 in
 
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Visiting Arizona
QBFree Agent
April 9, 2019
Murray is slated to visit the Cardinals on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Meeting with Cardinals
QBFree Agent
March 19, 2019
Murray is meeting with the Arizona Cardinals on Oklahoma's campus Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Fully participating in pro day
QBFree Agent
March 8, 2019
Murray will throw and run the 40-yard dash at Oklahoma's Pro Day, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Drawing interest from top-10 teams
QBFree Agent
March 6, 2019
Murray is drawing interest from teams that possess selections early in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Height measurement comes in
QBFree Agent
February 28, 2019
Murray checked in at 5-foot-10 1/8 and 207 pounds in front of all 32 teams at Thursday's NFL Combine, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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