Is it legit? The Kyler Murray comparison that will leave Redskins fans drooling

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Is it legit? The Kyler Murray comparison that will leave Redskins fans drooling originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com

When Kyler Murray announced on Thursday he would participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, for many it made clear the two-sport star wants to play football.

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After all, the combine comes a few weeks into Major League Baseball Spring Training. Murray won't just show up in Indianapolis for the combine either, he will train for the premiere scouting event for weeks.

Murray had a tough interview during Super Bowl week. He seemed unsure if he wanted to play baseball or football, where he's already been a first-round pick by the Oakland Athletics

That no longer seems to be a question. 

The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, Murray put up video game numbers in college playing one season at the University of Oklahoma. There are questions about his size, but by going to Indy and getting all his measurements taken in front of an army of NFL scouts, those questions will be answered.

Some NFL teams might stay away from Murray because he's short and slight for the QB position, but not all of them. Especially when one of the leading draft experts in the country compared him to a former No. 1 overall pick.

"I think he's the most explosive quarterback we've seen in the draft since Michael Vick," ESPN's Todd McShay said about Murray. 

Vick? That's a mic drop.

No player came into the NFL with more excitement than Vick did coming out of Virginia Tech. His NFL career never fully delivered on that promise for a variety of reasons, but as a draft prospect, the comp carries significant weight. 

What we know about Murray: speed, vision and a big arm. Vick had all three, but honestly, was probably less refined as a passer coming out of college. Vick also had prototypical NFL size, which Murray doesn't. Murray is small, and that's not going away. 

McShay has made the Vick comp before, last year with Lamar Jackson. Murray is probably a tad slower and less quick than Jackson, but is a much more accurate passer at this stage of his career.

Jackson never completed even 60 percent of his passes in college. Vick never got above 58 percent.

Murray completed 69 percent of his passes last year at Oklahoma. 

The comparison to Vick makes sense, as the athleticism of both players is obvious upon first glance. But the more accurate comparison for Murray may soon prove to be Baker Mayfield, last year's No. 1 overall pick that completed 70 percent of his passes at Oklahoma. 

It's still impossible to know where Murray gets drafted, but barring something crazy between now and late April, it's becoming near impossible to think he slides out of the first round.

And the hype train is just getting going. 

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