JUNKIES: Should Redskins try to draft Kyler Murray?

Josh Luckenbaugh
January 15, 2019 - 8:58 am

Kyler Murray has officially declared for the NFL Draft, taking one step closer to choosing football over a MLB career with the Oakland A's. 

And given the Redskins' problems at quarterback, should they make a run at the reigning Heisman Trophy winner come draft-time?

Despite Murray's slight stature — according to Oklahoma assistant AD Mike Houck, Murray measured at just under 5-10 before the 2018 season — Eric "EB" Bickel of The Sports Junkies believes he's worth the risk. 

"To me, he looks like he has superstar potential," EB said Tuesday. "That's a big boom or bust potential, I'll grant you that, but if he was available and you thought ... there's other teams that have first-round grades on him, we need a quarterback, he's available for us at 15, I would be thrilled for that because it's something to be excited about."

"It's a bit of a Hail Mary, I grant you that. I don't think it's anything near a sure thing. But I would be willing to roll the dice."

 "The Redskins quarterback situation is so dire, maybe they do have to take a chance here," added John "Cakes" Auville. "It's certainly not a sure thing, but with Alex Smith being injured, Colt McCoy probably being your starter Day 1 in 2019, what more do you have to lose at this point?"

However, Jason Bishop wouldn't be so eager to take a chance on Murray. 

"Fans can say, 'What do you have to lose?' But for an NFL franchise, it could set you back a few more years," Bishop countered, bringing to mind the Redskins' struggles with Robert Griffin III and after his departure, Washington making the playoffs just once since 2013. 

"People are afraid that he's gonna be another RGIII. My thing is, you can't be afraid to swing and miss," John-Paul Flaim said. "Because if you're constantly afraid to swing and miss, you don't take a shot at somebody who could pay off." 

"It's definitely a huge risk, but I think he has that superstar potential," EB concluded. "If you put him in the right system, you get the right guys coaching him. I'm not sure Jay Gruden's the right guy to coach him, but that's fine, Jay's outta here in another year."

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