A's expect Murray to enter NFL Draft

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The Oakland A's expect Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray to declare for the 2019 National Football League draft before Monday's deadline, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, citing multiple sources.

Murray, an outfielder on the diamond, is due to report to spring training in Arizona on February 15 - nearly two weeks before the NFL's scouting combine takes place. A source told the Chronicle that it seems like Murray is looking more towards a career in football.

Murray's potential declaration for the NFL draft doesn't mean he'll choose to play football over baseball, but it gives Murray the extra option.

If Murray elects not to play baseball, he would have to return the signing bonus but Oakland would not receive any compensation picks in this June's draft, according to Slusser.

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The 2019 draft is one of the deepest in years in terms of defensive lineman, so if the Cardinals keep their top pick, they are likely to go in that direction, whether it be Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams or Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa.

The Athletics may be playing things cool at the moment, but Murray's decision to entertain the draft process should be setting off alarm bells in the Bay. So if Murray does show up at spring training, that might indicate he's not attending the combine. However, after leading Oklahoma to a 12-2 record and a Big 12 title, Murray's draft projections have skyrocketed, which is likely the reason he decided to choose an National Football League career over an MLB career. He wasn't able to pilot the Sooners to a College Football Playoff title, but he still put up impressive numbers against tough defenses all year-long. I try and keep 'em open as long as possible.

Obviously, Kingsbury is now in Arizona, where the Cardinals own the first overall pick.