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Kyler Murray declares intention to enter NFL Draft

Courtesy: NFL.com

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray will enter his name in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Oklahoma signal-caller announced he submitted his name for early entry in the draft.

Questions swirled around whether Murray would declare for the draft this season, turn his attention to pro baseball, or return to Oklahoma for another season.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted that Murray’s decision to enter the draft doesn’t lock him into football, but provides him the option. Declaring for the draft officially foregoes any opportunity to return to college.

Murray was a first-round draft pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB draft. In the past several days, various reports indicated the A’s were attempting to woo Murray toward baseball and away from entering the NFL.

Murray’s decision to enter the draft indicates his intention to focus on football moving forward.

The Heisman Trophy winner is an electric quarterback with pinpoint accuracy and dynamic running ability. Questions about his size — 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, according to the Sooners’ website — are sure to be a hot topic during the NFL Combine and throughout the draft process.

Despite the question marks that all rookies enter the draft with, Murray’s dynamic ability and the ever-evolving need for young NFL passers could make him a first-round pick. Foregoing a guaranteed MLB contract might indicate the quarterback also believes he’ll hear his name called on Thursday, April 25 in Nashville.

Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins are likely to be the top-rated signal-callers entering the draft this season.

The NFL will announce on Friday the list of underclassmen who have been granted eligibility to enter the draft.