Delhomme Weighs In On Kyler Murray's NFL Future

Jake Delhomme shared his thoughts on Murray – and explained why the comparison to Russell Wilson is flawed

Taz and the Moose
February 15, 2019 - 9:25 am
Oklahoma Quarterback Kyler Murray Passes Against Alabama

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Kyler Murray has decided to pursue football, not baseball, as a career. Regardless of what you think of his decision – or the financials of it – the Heisman Trophy winner is a projected first-round pick.

But will his game translate to the NFL?

“I think his game now does the way the NFL game is going, kind of the fast-break football, so to speak,” former NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme said on Taz & The Moose. “Most of the teams are starting to (go to that), and you really can’t touch the quarterback anymore. So I think it translates now.”

But will Murray hold up physically in the NFL? He has drawn comparisons to Russell Wilson and reportedly weighs over 200 pounds, but he played last season in the 190s and is well under 6 feet. 

“I’ve seen Russell Wilson up close and in person – and Russell is not the tallest guy, but he is extremely thick,” Delhomme said. “He is a grown man. He’s extremely thick. Drew Brees, same thing: a six-footer, but extremely long arms. Baker (Mayfield) obviously did some good things last year.”

In other words, height isn’t the concern that it used to be. Ultimately, Delhomme believes that Murray can have success in the NFL, in large part because of his quickness.

“I’m very impressed with the Murray kid, watching him play this year, very accurate – and just how he can get out of trouble,” Delhomme said. “If he couldn’t move the way he did, I think that would be an issue. But listen, the way this game is going and the way he can move, I think he can manage and do just fine.”