We’re still over three months away from the NFL Draft, but on Monday afternoon, news dropped that could send shockwaves down the draft order. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
The news comes after Murray was selected ninth overall in the Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics in 2018. Reports surfaced that the Heisman-winning quarterback was meeting with the Athletics, as the baseball team desperately tried to prevent him from entering the NFL draft.
While declaring for the draft doesn’t guarantee that Murray will choose football over baseball, it does keep the option open for the former Sooner to play football come September.
This doesn’t directly affect the Detroit Lions, but it could be good news come April. Despite what the radio noise reverberating outside of Detroit says, the Lions are not in the market for a quarterback in the first couple rounds of the draft. General manager Bob Quinn made that clear when he said that Matthew Stafford is the franchise’s quarterback.
But Murray is generally thought of as one of the best quarterbacks in this year’s class, perhaps the best. Though there are questions about his height—he’s listed as 5-11—Murray could absolutely go in the top 10 of the NFL Draft, assuming Murray has stiffened his commitment to playing football by April.
If that’s the case, it can benefit in the Lions in many ways. The more quarterbacks that go in the first seven picks, the better for Detroit. It increases the possibility that a player in a position of need falls to Detroit at eight. Additionally, Murray could push another quarterback further down in the draft, which may motivate someone to jump a team like the Broncos (10) or Bengals (11), who could very well be looking for a franchise quarterback with their first-round pick.
Regardless of what happens between now and April, the NFL Draft just got a lot more interesting.