- Bovada is offering odds that 2018 Heisman Trophy favorite Kyler Murray won’t be taken in the 2019 NFL Draft
- The Oklahoma QB Murray was also selected by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft
- Murray has announced that his intentions are to play baseball
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Kyler Murray displays all the qualities that make NFL personnel front-office types drool. He has powerful arm strength, yet shows a deft touch when throwing the deep ball. His escapability from a pass rush is impressive, and he’s an elusive ball-carrier.
Who wouldn’t want your team to draft this guy?
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) December 6, 2018
Murray wouldn’t, that’s who. A 2018 first-round choice of the Oakland Athletics in the MLB Draft, Murray is strongly advising NFL teams of his intentions to play professional baseball.
Bovada appears to be putting a lot of stock in Murray’s words. The sportsbook is offering a prop bet skewed toward him not being selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Odds Of Kyler Murray Being Selected in 2019 NFL Draft
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Curiously, if Murray wins the Heisman and isn’t taken in the NFL Draft, he’d be the fourth undrafted Heisman winner and the first since Oklahoma QB Jason White (2003).
Murray the Air Apparent
Murray followed 2017 Heisman winner and current Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield under center for the Sooners and may soon follow Mayfield as the Heisman winner, which would give the same school back-to-back Heismans for the first time since USC’s Matt Leinart (2004) and Reggie Bush (2005).
Kyler Murray wins the AP Player of the Year 🏆
Murray beat out Tua Tagovailoa by 56 votes. pic.twitter.com/aYQieO27jH
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 6, 2018
Murray has thrown for 40 touchdowns, 4,053 yards and a 70.9 completion percentage. He’s been intercepted just seven times and rushed for 892 yards and 11 TDs, averaging 7.5 yards per carry, leading 12-1 Oklahoma into the College Football Playoff.
Bovada is offering a prop wager on Murray going directly from the gridiron into big-league baseball.
Odds Of Kyler Murray Making The Oakland A’s Out of Spring Training in 2019
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Charlie Ward, the 1993 Heisman winner, wasn’t taken in the NFL Draft. A football and basketball player at Florida State, Ward joined the New York Knicks, who’d taken him in the first round of the NBA Draft.
Does Kyler Know Bo?
Bovada is also giving odds on a prop bet that Murray will play pro football and pro baseball in 2019, Some 70 athletes have played both MLB and NFL, including two Heisman winners – Bo Jackson (1985) and Vic Janowicz (1950).
Odds Kyler Murray Will Play Pro Baseball and Pro Football in 2019
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Murray’s heart seems set on baseball, and the A’s aren’t going to want to give him time to change his mind. But some NFL club still should roll the dice and draft him.
Handicapping this trio of prop bets in order, we’d go with yes, yes and no.
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