NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter has the Denver Broncos selecting Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray with the 10th overall pick.
Reuter’s three-round mock has the 21-year-old coming off the board as the third quarterback taken behind Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock.
Despite having Case Keenum under contract for the 2019 season, the Broncos are one of many clubs still searching for a franchise QB but could look at other areas of need in a weak quarterback class.
President of football operations/general manager John Elway conceded last month that Keenum was “a short-term fix” giving rise to the possibility that there could be yet another new quarterback in
“Picking behind at least two teams with quarterback needs, John Elway will have to either trade up to land his guy or take whichever top signal-caller is available at No. 10 if he wants to improve the Broncos’ QB situation via the draft,” Reuter said.
PFF’s Andrew Russell believes that Murray was the
“Murray was not only the most electric player on the field at the quarterback position last season but arguably the most talented as well,” Russell said.
“He led FBS quarterbacks in clean passer rating at 144.4 and had an overall adjusted completion percentage of 78.9%, which ranked tied for fourth at the FBS level (min. 175 dropbacks).
“Where Murray truly thrived was avoiding pressure and getting outside the pocket where he totaled a 128.3 passer rating, 10.6 yards per attempt and only one turnover-worthy play, all of which led the Big 12 (min. 50 att).
“On the ground, Murray was equally as impressive, averaging 7.9 yards per
The consensus top quarterback of the 2019 draft is Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, with most mock drafts linking him to the New York Giants at sixth overall.
Expectantly, there is a full belief that quarterback-needy teams could have to trade up, possibly into the top three to land their guy.
A big question over Murray, other than how much his height will impact him in the NFL, is whether he will play in the NFL after all.
Murray will command plenty of interest in a class short of sure hit quarterbacks and projects to be anywhere from a top 10 pick an early second rounder if he commits to football.
Last year, the Oakland Athletics drafted Murray ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft and signed him to a contract with a $4.66 million signing bonus.
The A’s agreed to allow Murray to return for his junior year at Oklahoma, where he would take over quarterback duties from Baker Mayfield, who was drafted first overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft.
But Murray’s excellent form for the Sooners has opened up the possibility of playing football or baseball.
The 2018 season was Murray’s first major action in college football after supporting cast roles at Texas A&M in 2015 and Oklahoma in 2017.
He threw for 3,674 yards, 37 touchdowns to just seven interceptions, with a pass completion percentage of 70.6%. He also added 11 rushing touchdowns and 853 yards from 113 runs (7.5-yard average).
As well as emulating Mayfield in winning the Heisman Trophy, he also won the Davey O’Brien award given to the best quarterback in the country, as well as being named AP Player of the Year, First-Team All-American, First-Team All-Big 12, and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
Murray will get another chance to shine at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis later this month and will face a decision whether to focus on football or baseball.
Reuter’s three-round mock also has the Broncos selecting Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love, who turns 21 in March, with the 41st pick.
A Consensus All-American in 2018, the 5-11, 193-pound Illinois native declared for the draft in January after two solid seasons with the Fighting Irish.
In the third round, Reuter has the Broncos taking Western Illinois defensive tackle Khalen Saunders, the 6-2 320-pound monster dubbed “the Aaron Donald of the FCS.”
If that is not impressive enough, Saunders can also do backflips.
Time of year when small school guys get to show they can compete on the big stage. This is 320-pound, Western Illinois DT Khalen Saunders (@khalenNOTkaylen), who is heading to the Senior Bowl next week. Backflips at his size…. pic.twitter.com/s6QjAkA3zO— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 16, 2019