Aber: Murray's Teammates "All Seem To Love Him"

Concerns about Kyler Murray's work ethic and leadership were unfounded, Sooners beat writer Ryan Aber says

Taz and the Moose
March 14, 2019 - 11:01 am

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Kyler Murray performed well at his Pro Day on Wednesday, impressing scouts and executives with his accuracy and arm strength.

“I thought he did a really good job,” Sooners beat writer Ryan Aber said on Taz & The Moose. “Obviously there’s only so much you can prove throwing against air, but he made all of the throws that he needed to make. He completed 61 of 67 passes, showed the speed of his release, showed his arm strength with some deep balls and showed accuracy. So I think that he answered some of the questions that people had about him and sort of proved what we saw on film all year.”

One thing that Murray did not do at his Pro Day: run.

“I was a little bit surprised, especially given the fact that he said in Indianapolis that he planned to run, but he didn’t,” Aber said. “He said, ‘People know how fast I am, and I didn’t want to take the chance of pulling something before I threw.’ I don’t think there’s any set reason why you would have to run and then throw. You could (throw and then) run afterwards. So I was a little bit surprised. 

“But I think more and more, when you look at the way that these things happen, I would be surprised at this point if Kyler Murray is not the No. 1 pick by the Arizona Cardinals,” Aber continued. “Who knows if there’s some agreement there or he’s been told that, but it just seems like more signs point in that direction.”

Murray also seems to have silenced criticism about his work ethic and leadership.

“I’ve spent a lot of time taking to Kyler Murray’s teammates – not only on the football team, but guys on the OU baseball team as well,” Aber said. “I haven’t heard a criticism about his leadership amongst those guys. Obviously you wouldn’t expect to hear guys criticize when they’re talking to the media, but at the same time, there was a lot of comparing and contrasting with what Baker Mayfield did with the football players and how he handled it. Clearly they’re different styles and much different personalities, but they said that behind closed doors there’s a lot of similarities in the way that they lead.”

Sooners offensive lineman Cody Ford, a potential first-round pick, said that Murray never yelled at his linemen after taking hits.

“(That’s) something he said he’s never experienced before,” Aber said. “The guys who have played with him all seem to love him, and they pretty universally said that Charley Casserly didn’t know what he was talking about, at least in the leadership aspect of things.”