Sean Payton Says He Likes Kyler Murray: 'His Film Is Too Good'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2019

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 06:  Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs for a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns in the fourth quarter of the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said Friday he's a fan of Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray, one of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL draft. 

"His film is too good. ... I like him," Payton said during an appearance on the NFL Network at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, via The Checkdown:

The Checkdown @thecheckdown

“His film is too good… it’s too good. And I like him.” - Sean Payton on @TheKylerMurray https://t.co/Y0fISMMKDS

The Super Bowl-winning coach isn't one to throw around unwarranted praise.

Last April, Payton told Peter King of The MMQB he was wary about the hyped 2018 quarterback class because he didn't believe there was much staying power within the group:

"I don't see [Andrew] Luck in this draft, and I don't see Carson Wentz, who I liked a lot coming into the draft. I'd feel a little bit uneasy if I were at the top of this draft and I decided I had to have a quarterback. The pressure to get a quarterback is so great in this league, I get that. But we can't create 'em. I wouldn't be surprised if only one of these guys is left standing in four or five years, and if so, I'd guess it would be Sam Darnold."

Four quarterbacks were selected in the top 10 picks last year: Baker Mayfield to the Cleveland Browns (No. 1 overall selection), Darnold to the New York Jets (No. 3), Josh Allen to the Buffalo Bills (No. 7) and Josh Rosen to the Arizona Cardinals (No. 10).

Although Mayfield, Darnold and Allen all flashed legitimate upside, all four rookie signal-callers finished 23rd or worse in ESPN's Total QBR during their debut campaigns. Rosen ranked last among qualified QBs.

Payton also has ample experience working with undersized quarterbacks as he's helped guide Drew Brees, one of the best pure passers in NFL history despite a 6'0'' frame, to a Hall of Fame career.

Size is one of the biggest question marks about Murray, who measured in at 5'10⅛" and 207 pounds at the combine Thursday.

The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner completed 69 percent of his throws for 4,361 yards with 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 14 appearances with the Sooners last season. He added 1,001 rushing yards and 12 scores on the ground.

Murray should come off the board inside the draft's top 10, long before Payton and the Saints are on the clock since they don't own a first-round pick this year.


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