Kyler Murray Rumors: QB 'Too Small' for Giants to Pick in 2019 NFL Draft

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2019

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks to pass the ball, during the second half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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The New York Giants figure to be in the market for a new quarterback since Eli Manning is 38 years old, but don't expect them to use the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft on Oklahoma's Kyler Murray

A Giants source told Ralph Vacchiano of SNY that Murray was "probably a little too small" for the team even though they have not yet seen the reigning Heisman Trophy winner at the NFL Scouting Combine or his pro day.

Murray is listed at 5'10" and 195 pounds on Oklahoma's official roster.

This comes after the quarterback announced he is "firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback" instead of pursuing his baseball career on the Oakland Athletics:

Kyler Murray @TheKylerMurray


Vacchiano noted the Giants "prefer to stick to the established measurables they have for a prototypical quarterback," while pointing out the last time the team started a QB under six feet tall was the 1966 season (Gary Wood).

Murray's small stature didn't stop him from dominating the collegiate level on his way to the Heisman and 2018 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. He finished with 4,361 passing yards, 1,001 rushing yards and 54 total touchdowns as one of the premier dual-threat playmakers in the country and led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff.

He is unquestionably talented, although Vacchiano noted "opinion seems split" because of his height and concerns about his durability and ability to stand strong in the pocket at the NFL level.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projected the Giants to use their first-round pick on Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins in his latest mock draft.

Haskins is a pocket passer and much less of a runner than Murray, and Miller highlighted his "excellent arm talent and ball placement." He can use that to find Odell Beckham Jr. on deep routes and take advantage of safeties creeping into the box to stop Saquon Barkley.

Miller projected the Jacksonville Jaguars to select Murray with the No. 7 overall pick.


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