When Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray opted to enter the 2019 NFL Draft, much of the national debate focused on if the Heisman winner was making the right business decision. Murray has a bright future with the Oakland A’s in Major League Baseball, a first-round pick signed for millions already.
For the Detroit Lions, Murray opting to at least test the NFL waters is a good thing. No, he’s not a Lions draft target. But he’s a viable candidate to be selected before GM Bob Quinn and the Lions make their first selection at No. 8 overall.
Murray’s draft projections are all over the map, but the general thought is the 5-9 dual-threat dynamo will be the second QB selected (after Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins). That puts Murray squarely in play for the QB-needy teams ahead of the Lions in the draft, a group which includes the Jaguars, Giants and perhaps the Buccaneers and Raiders.
Another quarterback going before the Lions pick means another player at a position where the Lions have a more immediate and pressing need falls to Detroit. It increases the odds of scoring a premium pass rusher like Josh Allen or Ed Oliver, a top CB like Greedy Williams, or an impact LB like Devin White.