By Evan Bleier / December 28, 2018

Pro Scouts Break Down Heisman Winner Kyler Murray’s Decision to Join NFL or MLB

How he plays against Alabama in the College Football Playoff will be a factor.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 01: Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (#1) warms up during the Big 12 Championship game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns on December 1, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 01: Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (#1) warms up during the Big 12 Championship game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns on December 1, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Heading into Saturday’s College Football Playoff game against Alabama, the biggest question about Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is where he will take the field next.

We know it won’t be the NCAA, but we don’t know if it will be the NFL or MLB.

Earlier in the year, the two-way star appeared to make his decision when he signed a $4.66 million contract with the A’s after being picked No. 9 overall in the MLB draft.

But that was before Murray led Oklahoma to a berth in the CFB and collected a Heisman trophy for his efforts along the way. Now, given his performance on the gridiron, “there’s an increasing feeling in NFL circles that Murray may attempt to be the next Baker Mayfield before he tries to be the next Mookie Betts,” according to Yahoo Sports.

“I think he’s going to play football,” one NFL scout told the publication. “I think he wants to play football. If it’s equal or he liked baseball better, why would he have played this year? I truly think he loves playing football.”

An MLB scout echoed those sentiments. “I love him,” he said. “He can be a star. Plus speed, good raw power, legitimate center fielder. But he’s so far behind the curve because of football, it’s going to take longer for him to develop. And I really wonder if the football bug is too strong for him to say no.”

A second MLB scout said: “I have serious doubts he loves baseball enough to grind it out in the minors. I just think Kyler is pretty immature mentally and I’m not sure he can handle the real baseball world given that he’s raw and famous.”

If Murray is still undecided, his performance against the Crimson Tide in the Orange Bowl could help him make his decision.

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