Beuerlein: I Wouldn't Draft Murray With An Early Pick

Kyler Murray could be off the board early in the NFL Draft; Steve Beuerlein believes that would be a mistake

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February 18, 2019 - 12:08 pm
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Kyler Murray will likely be a first-round NFL draft pick. In fact, some fans and analysts wonder if the Arizona Cardinals should trade Josh Rosen and draft Murray No. 1 overall.

CBS Sports Network NFL analyst Steve Beuerlein, however, believes that would be a bad idea.

“I’ve been pretty adamant in my opinion of this: I really like Kyler Murray, I think that he is a tremendous person, I think he is a tremendous athlete, and I do think he’s got a chance to be a good quarterback in the NFL,” Beuerlein began on The DA Show. “But I am not sold on him being a top-notch NFL quarterback given the size limitations.”

Murray, simply put, is short. If he measures anywhere close to 6-0 at the NFL Combine, it’ll be because he’s on his tippy-toes.

“There’s a lot of people that say he’s closer to 5-8 than he is to 5-10,” Beuerlein said. “I have concerns about Kyler Murray, so I would not do that. I would not take Kyler Murray with the first pick. In fact, in my opinion, I would not take him in the top half of the first round. But that’s just my own opinion, and it’s nothing against Kyler Murray. I absolutely think that he handles himself as a very, very professional, mature young man. I think he’s got a bright future and there’s going to be a lot of great things that happen – hopefully on the football field as well. 

“But I just think the questions that are out there about his size, to me, that would scare me away from using that really high pick on him,” Beuerlein continued. “I think the Cardinals should stick with Josh Rosen and try to develop him and see where that goes. It’s too early to give up on Josh Rosen, I think.”

Rosen, the tenth overall pick in 2018, completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 14 games as a rookie.

Beuerlein’s reservations about Murray, it is worth noting, have nothing to do about the offense a team would have to run to optimize his talent.

“I think it’s truly about the size,” he said. “I think he’s shown he can throw the football, and he’s got the ability to make plays with his feet and his arm. But there’s a huge difference between being that 5-11, 6-foot that Drew Brees is and Baker Mayfield and Russell Wilson – those guys that are pushing that 6-foot number, that’s three or four inches taller than what this kid is. He’s going to make spectacular plays with his feet. He’s going to be able to make a lot of really good throws. 

“But I think throughout the course of a season, throughout the course of a game, throughout the course of a career, his height is going to give him some problems,” Beuerlein continued. “These guys are obviously at the next level. At the pro level, they’re bigger, they’re faster, and they will find ways to make his life difficult because of that size. To me, I’m not saying he’s not going to be a great football player; I’m saying there’s too many questions in my mind to use a high draft choice on him.”

That doesn’t mean Murray won’t become a great NFL quarterback. After all, Brett Favre was drafted in the second round. Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth.

“My point is that he can still become a great football player,” Beuerlein said. “I just think there are too many questions to use that high pick on him.”