Over the past several weeks, Oklahoma QB/Heisman winner phenom Kyler Muarry has been debating his future.
Kyler was required to make a decision, by today, on whether he would enter the NFL draft, or play Major League Baseball.
Kyler was drafted last year, 9th overall, by the Oakland A’s, which included a $4.66 million signing bonus. Kyler made his intentions very clear, however: he intended to go back to Oklahoma for another season.
That decision proved to be fruitful, as Kyler had a fantastic year, leading OU to the playoffs and picking up some Heisman hardware.
To me, this decision became a no brainer when Justin Herbert decided to return to Oregon for his senior year. Herbert was the most compelling QB pick coming out of a college class that will be historically weak at the position.
With the top QB pick off the board, Kyler, being the Heisman winner and all, was the logical next QB pick. But Kyler is a small guy (5 foot 10, 195 lbs) whose style type does not always translate well to the NFL.
Needless to say, he’s taking a risk. But he’s taking the best informed risk that he could take here.
If he were to play baseball, he would spent a minimum of 2 years in the minors perfecting his game and becoming ready for an MLB roster. Sure, they could have started him with the big league club immediately, but that sets the guy, and potentially the franchise, up to fail, based on a slam dunk pick that they paid a lot to land.
The NFL is changing. There is constant talk about teams trying to find the “next Sean McVay”. In fact, over 25% of NFL coaches were fired this year to give way to people like Kliff Kingsbury. And, while teams are looking for their next McVay, they’re also on the move to find the next Patrick Mahomes to compliment a new highly offense powered mind.
This is the perfect situation for Kyler. He was able to pit two leagues against each other and work the best possible deal.
(**I’m a baseball guy, first and foremost, always. But the MLB is an absolute joke when it comes to these types of situations, due to the lack of leverage that they bring to the table. It has nothing to do with the game being slow or boring. That is for another day and another blog, however, so I digress**)
I would like to reiterate that this is still a risk. But a damn calculated risk, in many ways.