Let’s get this out of the way… I know I’ve been gone for a while folks. I spent the last 3 weeks traveling Europe and becoming more cultured then you will ever be. We’re not here to talk about that though. I’m here to keep my nose down and blog just like everyone else. So, on to this hypothetical.
Monday was the first round of the MLB draft and there were rumors that Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray was going to be a top pick in the draft. Before the draft even started, Murray said that he was coming back to Oklahoma to play football in the fall no matter what. Well despite that, he was a top 10 pick in the draft.
#Athletics select OF Kyler Murray with 9th overall selection of 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Oklahoma.
— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) June 5, 2018
Now there’s a big difference between saying you want to return to Oklahoma for football before the draft and being handed a contract valued at around 4.7 million dollars from the Oakland A’s and saying no.
There are a few dual sport athletes in the past that have been drafted into the MLB and have chosen football instead, but Kyler Murray is a particularly interesting case. Murray was a five star recruit out of high school and played his freshman year at Texas A&M, but transferred to Oklahoma due to the disarray in A&M’s quarterback room. He ended up spending the next two years behind Heisman Trophy winner and #1 overall draft pick Baker Mayfield. But as a red shirt junior, he is expected to not only be the starter, but have a dominant year at OU. In fact he is currently the 7th favorite to win the Heisman this season according to Vegas.
Now all the facts are in front you, what would you do if you were Murray? For me the big three factors are money, potential, and desire.
The money aspect is pretty cut and dry. Murray could make almost $5 million in his first ever MLB contract which he could sign TODAY if he wanted to. Where as if he returns to Oklahoma he will be getting paid nothing.* However, if he performs at the level some think he might this season then being a first round NFL draft pick would be a much bigger pay day. So it basically comes down to taking $5 million now or betting on yourself to make more. Personally, I’d take the 5 now.
*He’s definitely not getting paid nothing.
Kyler Murray calling Lincoln Riley pic.twitter.com/KmIWS0f2Ux
— Derek Duke (@DerekDuke25) June 5, 2018
Potential is pretty tough when it comes to Kyler. We know he has unbelievable football talent but has never proved it in extended real game situations. He is a sub 6 foot QB which already limits his draft potential in the NFL and he could honestly be a giant bust this year at OU. However, he has proven to be a dominant baseball player at a high collegiate level. There is also a lot more space for him to find a home in the MLB, versus being an NFL quarterback which is the most difficult position to get in sports. Also, when it comes to risk of injury, baseball is a much safer bet than football. So when it comes to potential, baseball also seems like the move for Murray.
Finally, it comes to desire. Which at the end of the day is what will determine Murray’s decision and it seems like it already has. His dream is to be an NFL QB and it looks like he is going to continue to pursue that. I wouldn’t. But I wish Kyler the best of luck, except for the fact that every time I type Kyler it makes me hate him a little bit. What a dumb fucking name. Kyler.
So, at the end of the day I would take the money and run. You still get to be a professional athlete, don’t get greedy Kyler. Fucking Kyler.