Free agency has shaken up the NFL for sure, but The Kyler Show hit Broadway on Wednesday.
Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray had his pro day on Wednesday, and some NFL heavyweights — including New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and new Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor — showed up to watch the possible No. 1 pick in the draft throw footballs.
That was all Murray did Wednesday, wearing a backpack while his teammates went through their athletic testing. He didn’t run a 40-yard dash, even though the school prepared for him to do it. And Murray even chose not to have his height measured again, even though he just had it measured a few weeks ago at the NFL scouting combine.
Who else was (and wasn’t) there to watch?
And that wasn’t the only newsy element of the day. Interestingly, none of the Arizona Cardinals’ top brass – team president Michael Bidwill, general manager Steve Keim and head coach Kliff Kingsbury – were in attendance. The Cardinals hold the first pick in the draft and roundly have been pegged to be targeting Murray.
But there might suddenly be a new team in the Murray sweepstakes. Could the Giants, who now own the Nos. 6 and 17 overall picks in the draft, suddenly be players for him? Following the Odell Beckham Jr. trade, all bets are off for the direction of the franchise, but it’s clear that they need a quarterback to supplant Eli Manning sooner rather than later.
And the Giants reportedly will be meeting with Murray on Wednesday night, per ESPN, following his pro day. That group will include Shurmur and Giants senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara; general manager Dave Gettleman reportedly will be remaining at the Giants’ facility, however.
According to the school, though, all 32 teams had at least one representative on hand for the Sooners’ workout.
Does this change things for Murray at No. 1?
We shouldn’t look too much into the Cardinals’ absence. They too are expected to meet privately with Murray at some point. And perhaps the fact that all Murray did Wednesday was weigh in (205 pounds, down 2 pounds from the combine) and throw indicates that he’s sure he’s going very high when April 25 rolls around.
Plenty of quarterbacks have skipped drills, either at the combine or their pro days, and have not seen their stock affected much if at all. It’s possible that Murray has received enough information about where he stands to do only what he wants to do leading up to the NFL draft.
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