Jones: Surprised People "Aren't Freaking Out" About Murray's Height

Kyler Murray is taller than many people assumed, but that doesn't mean he's a can't-miss prospect

Taz and the Moose
March 06, 2019 - 8:51 am
Kyler Murray NFL Combine Indianapolis

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A funny thing happened at the NFL Combine last week. The bar was seemingly set so low for Kyler Murray’s height and weight measurements that the mere fact that he eclipsed 5-10 and 200 pounds erased, for many, all – or almost all – of their concerns about the Heisman Trophy winner.

That’s fascinating. And potentially dangerous.

“The idea that people aren't freaking out that Kyler Murray is 5-10 interests me,” NFL Network reporter Kim Jones said on Taz & The Moose. “The NFL, it’s a pretty set-in-their-ways group. They want to see certain measurables. With Murray, you do not. . . . I found a lot of people accepting of Murray, mentioning Baker (Mayfield) in the same vein. But that was my biggest takeaway in terms of a surprise.”

Murray, it is worth noting, did not throw at the Combine, which many NFL scouts didn’t like.

“They always want to see the guys throw,” Jones said. “I think with Murray, the sense was that he put on some weight recently – it depends who you talk to in terms of how much. The idea that he wanted to focus on the measurables at the Combine and then at his Pro Day he will do the drills, I think there was at least an understanding about that. Did they like it, though? No, they want guys to do everything.”

As for other quarterbacks in this year’s class, Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock, and Will Grier all had their moments, but Jones, a Penn State graduate, believes Trace McSorley is flying under the radar. The 23-year-old ran the 40 in 4.57 seconds – the fastest among QBs.

“He’s one who I do think is being undervalued a little bit,” said Jones, who believes McSorley could go undrafted. “I will be interested to see what happens with Trace.”