John Elway has shown nothing if not open-mindedness this offseason, and it’s working out. Could Kyler Murray be the Denver Broncos next quarterback?
Although the 2018 quarterback class was more glamorous, the class of 2019 has a lot to offer as well and could be the class John Elway and the Denver Broncos decide to address the quarterback position in the top two rounds again.
Perhaps even more shocking than the Broncos’ decision to pass on a quarterback in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft was their decision to pass on taking one whatsoever.
That’s not expected to happen this year, even though the Broncos are not in as good of a position draft-wise (10th pick instead of 5th) as they were this time a year ago.
Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, who started one year after the stellar career of last year’s top pick Baker Mayfield, has entered his name into the 2019 NFL Draft pool.
This is significant because Murray was expected to enjoy one more year of football before moving on to his Major League Baseball career with the Oakland A’s, who selected him 9th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft as an outfielder.
Murray’s size (5’10”, 195) is not the typical size of a quarterback, but more like a cornerback in the NFL. He has a rare skill set, however, and should not be viewed as a gimmick player. Murray is a legitimate quarterback prospect with NFL skills but he’s not packaged the way NFL quarterbacks commonly are.
Baker Mayfield received quite a bit of flak for being too short in 2018, so you can imagine the type of scrutiny Murray is about to face.
But John Elway has already gone out of the box this offseason. While everyone else is looking for the next Sean McVay, he hired 60-year old defensive specialist Vic Fangio as his new head coach.
Let’s explore that scenario.