Updated Quarterback Rankings: Oklahoma's Kyler Murray creates shake-up near the top

Heisman winner Murray declares for NFL Draft

Heisman winner Murray declares for NFL Draft

Whether Kyler Murray's professional career will be spent playing baseball or football, we don't know yet, but we do know the Heisman Trophy victor won't be returning to Oklahoma next season.

An important note: Murray did not announce he was severing ties with the A's, who drafted him No. 9 overall in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft last summer. He has been invited to spring training with the big league club and has been asked to report to Mesa, Ariz., on February 15. While this is a largely procedural move that was widely anticipated and does not preclude him from opting to continue as a professional baseball player, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Murray "has informed the Oakland A's of his intention to follow his heart to the NFL" (Twitter link).

Another option: He could use his pending baseball career as leverage in the pre-draft process, ensuring that he ends up in a desirable landing spot.

He already has a contract with the A's that includes a $4.66 million signing bonus, so it will be interesting to see how this all shakes out. As a result, he will enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Only one of them checked in at under 6-feet tall, and that was fellow Heisman victor Johnny Manziel, who officially measured at 5-feet-11 and 3/4 inches during the NFL Combine.

The fact Murray won't be returning to Oklahoma shouldn't come as a surprise. While most experts believe he'll be a first round pick, some even think he could go in the top 5 to a quarterback-needy team.

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