With three first-round picks in the upcoming NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders are in prime position to draft a quarterback if they so choose.
And, based on what Jon Gruden had to say about Kyler Murray, it sounds like the 2018 Heisman winner could be that quarterback.
Though Murray is just 5-foot-10, his play and conduct on the field has altered Gruden’s thinking on what a typical quarterback should look like.
“I used to think that a lot, until I saw Drew Brees twice a year in Tampa, then I met Russell Wilson coming out of N.C. State, and now I’m watching this kid, Murray, coming out of Oklahoma, and I’m putting away all the prototypes I once had,” Gruden said. “I used to have a prototype for hand size, height, arm strength, all that stuff We’re looking for guys that can play and do a lot of different things. They come in all shapes and sizes nowadays. I’m watching this kid Murray from Oklahoma,” Gruden said, and I’m putting away all of the prototypes I once had.”
All of that said, the Arizona Cardinals hold the first selection in the draft and they may want to roll the dice with Murray a year after drafting another quarterback, Josh Rosen, early in the first round.
Still, with Oakland’s plethora of picks, they could potentially make a trade with Arizona and take Murry for themselves.