Prisco: I Wouldn't Take Kyler Murray No. 1

Pete Prisco is "intrigued" by the Heisman winner, but he wouldn't draft him No. 1 – and he doesn't think the Cardinals should either

Tiki and Tierney
February 28, 2019 - 6:07 pm
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Kyler Murray, who measured at 5-10 and one-eighth at the NFL Combine on Thursday, is taller than many people thought – and his draft stock may spike as a result. 

Had Murray measured below 5-10, well, it would have mattered.

“Of course it would have mattered – and it should matter that he’s 5-10, too,” CBS Sports senior NFL writer Pete Prisco said on Tiki & Tierney. “I’m sorry, I like the kid, I like his game, I like the way he played, I think he can throw the football, but you’re still 5-10. Anybody who says it doesn’t matter is misguided – because it does matter. You can watch his tape and you can see where he’s having problems seeing the crosser because there’s a lot of traffic in front of him. That’s a problem in the NFL. I like his game, I’m intrigued by him, but I don’t know if I would have the big ones to pick him No. 1.”

Kliff Kingsbury, however, might. The former Texas Tech coach would surely love to have the dual-threat Heisman winner lining up in shotgun every play.

Prisco, though, doesn’t see that happening. In fact, Prisco doesn’t think the Cardinals should draft Murray.

“I don’t think Kliff Kingsbury has the juice in that building, so no, I don’t think it’s going to be Kliff Kingsbury,” Prisco said. “Look, it’s unfair to Josh Rosen. He played with the biggest bunch of garbage that you’ve seen on the football field in a long time. David Johnson is a good player. Larry Fitzgerald is coming to the end. He can still be a possession receiver. But other than that, it was bad. Their offensive line was atrocious. The offensive line they put on the field at the end of the season was the worst I’ve ever seen in my entire life. So now all of a sudden after one year you’re going to get rid of Josh Rosen? I don’t buy it. I don’t think they’re going to do it. . . . Kyler Murray is going in the top 10. He will go in the top 10, but I wouldn’t take him.”

Brandon Tierney believes Murray will go No. 1, and while his stature could be a limitation at the next level, his baseball background will help. Murray knows how to slide, sure, but he also knows how to throw from every slot and angle imaginable. In other words, throws that would be unconventional for most quarterbacks won’t be unconventional for him.

“I would agree with that,” Prisco said. “Watching his tape, he does a lot of that. He does throw like a baseball player and he gets away with it at times. Here’s the thing, though: All the running and moving and stuff he does in college is great – it’s in the Big 12. You’re playing against defenses that aren’t very good, and he’s moving and running away from them. In the NFL, you aren’t running away from those guys.”

But what about Baker Mayfield? What about Patrick Mahomes? Didn’t they play in the Big 12?

“Their games are not predicated on being able to move outside the pocket,” Prisco said. “He rushed for 1,000 yards last year. Is he a better college quarterback than Charlie Ward was? If Charlie Ward was in this era, would he be a top-10 pick?”

(For the record, both Tiki and Tierney said Murray was a better college quarterback than the former Florida State star and NBA point guard.)

“I think Haskins is the best quarterback in this draft,” Prisco said. “If the Giants are sitting there at 6 and Dwayne Haskins is sitting there and they don’t take him to groom behind Eli, that’s just dumb. It was dumb last year when they passed on Sam Darnold. No offense, Tiki, but running backs don’t decide titles. Quarterbacks do. I would draft Dwayne Haskins if I were them if he’s there.”