By Evan Bleier / March 14, 2019

Kyler Murray’s Pro Day Only Helped His Draft Stock

The Oklahoma product didn't do anything to dissuade teams that were already sold on him.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Kyler Murray #QB11 of the Oklahoma Sooners is seen at the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Kyler Murray #QB11 of the Oklahoma Sooners is seen at the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Though he didn’t get measured or run the 40-yard dash at Oklahoma’s pro day, Kyler Murray only improved his draft stock with his performance.

That said, there are some teams that are out on Murray already because of his height (six-foot at the most), but for teams that are interested, that interest only became keener thanks to the way he threw the football.

“It was a very, very strong performance,” said his college coach Lincoln Riley. “No question about it. You go travel to any Pro Day anywhere you want to, you’re not going to see another throwing performance like that. It was really strong.”

“He has a live arm,” said an NFC personnel director who was in attendance told Sports Illustrated. “I have a bigger appreciation for his arm and his arm talent—the torque, the velocity, he really showed he could snap it out there. That’s what I got out of it. … He can spin it. He throws a tight ball. He really is a rhythm thrower, and he got into a rhythm.”

A few talent evaluators weren’t impressed with the difficulty level of Murray’s workout, the way he sailed a few balls to the right, and the fact he didn’t run the 40, but his overall performance was impressive to almost all.

“The ball jumped off his hand,” said an AFC coach. “You get to these workouts and it’s a chance to see fundamental skills. He answered a lot of questions. He showed he could drop from under center, he was smooth on his drops and had balance in the pocket. And the ball jumped. He showed accuracy on different kinds of throws—threw the square-in on a line, threw it deep with air, deep on a line.”

Murray also gave a little bit of an indication of what team’s can expect from him when he speaks as the face of a franchise.

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