It doesn't take a scout or fan too long to realize the type of talent Kyler Murray possesses and why he became the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Murray is a raw but rare talent, with elite athleticism and a great arm. His burst and movement skills are jaw-dropping and will save him when the pocket breaks down.
NFL's draft evaluator, Lance Zierlein, had this to say about Murray, "he's an electric talent with a live arm, good mental makeup and the skill-set to produce at a high level in the right offense."
Watching tape on Kyler is fun, he is capable of making throws few quarterbacks in the league are capable of. So the questions everyone wants to know with Murray; how will he fare vs NFL defenses and not the simple Big 12 defenses. How will Kliff Kingbury build his offense around Murray to succeed?
I figured what better way to see how Murray should fair verse NFL defenses than breaking down his performance against best competition of 2019. His matchup with Alabama. Every year Alabama's defense is loaded with 1st round talent and the closest thing to you get to a NFL defense as you can see in the collegiate ranks. Below, I breakdown his tape and see how might find ways Murray can win in the NFL.
Kyler began this game a bit startled by the speed and talent of the Alabama's defense. He was often pressured and gave up a few sacks in the first several drives. He even got a pass deflected. As Murray began to settle in and get back to his heisman winner ways.
It isn't hard to see why Kyler Murray should have success in this league. He can make every type of throws from all different types of platforms. He's capable of escaping from near sacks and can easily avoid pressure when escaping the pocket. One of the better throw on the run accuracy I've seen in a number of years. Murray's speed will cause problem for opposing defenses when they lineup in man-coverage. In man coverage, defenders will face their WR/TE, guarding/cover them all over the field and won't have their eyes on the QB like they would in zone defense. This would allow Murray to have some large scrambles like we've seen from him in college, so Murray will likely see manly zone defenses.
Health is the biggest question mark when talking about Kyler Murray playing in the NFL. At his size they been talking about it all draft process, "can Murray stay healthy?. I think if he can stay healthy, he should have good success in the league. Murray will benefit from recent rule changes that further protect the quarterbacks from being injured. The biggest question for most Cardinals fans is if he can take the big hits and still continue to play a full season.
It's not hard to see why Kyler possesses the talent to be a special quarterback in this league. As a thrower he's one of the best I've scouted in recent drafts and his mobility is the best I've seen since Michael Vick. If Murray stays healthy, I have not doubts he'll become a top 5 QB soon enough.
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