Should the Giants take Murray?


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Jett Neeley, Sports

Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner of the 18-19 season was drafted by the Oakland Athletics of the MLB in the 2018 draft.  But he has since decided (on Jan. 15) on entering the NFL with a scandalous tweet: “I have declared for the NFL draft.”

According to ESPN, this does not preclude him from playing in the MLB. In fact, “The A’s, who selected Murray with the ninth pick in the 2018 MLB draft, understood and supported his decision to enter the NFL draft, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.”

Now that Murray has entered for the NFL draft the burning question is, who is going to take him? The five teams ahead of the Giants don’t really need a quarterback and if they do they’ll likely take Haskins. The Giants getting Murray is almost a sure pick if they want him. The only question is, should they?

Eli Manning, whose time is certainly running out, had a good season STAT-wise: 4,300 yards passing, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions is certainly nothing to scoff at. But the Giants found little-to-no success going 5-11 on the year so something needs to change.

There is hope on the horizon for the Giants. There are two stars currently in college at the quarterback position: Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts, both products of the Alabama system (Hurts has just transferred to Oklahoma to regain the starting job). In Tua’s first season starting at Alabama, he had 4,000 passing yards, 43 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. An amazing first starting season. Jalen Hurts, during his first two seasons, had 4000 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and 1800 rushing yards combined.

Kyler Murray had an unreal season. He had 4300 yards passing, 42 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and 1000 yards rushing, better stats than Jalen accumulated in 2 seasons. However, during his time at Alabama, they relied heavily on their running game. The Crimson Tide averaged 42 rushing attempts per game in 2016, Hurts first starting season.

Out of these three quarterbacks, Murray has the best stats, but the reason GM’s get nervous with Murray is his height. Standing at 5’10’’ GM’s are worried that he won’t be able to see over his lineman or defenders and make the accurate throws required.

With that in mind, let’s go back to Eli who has 56,000 career passing yards and 360 touchdowns. He is a proven talent who can get the job done, so why not take another top talent this year and wait for Tua or Hurts next year?

Although Murray had the best season, he isn’t the pick that will save the team. If the Giants draft Murray, they become a playoff hopeful at best. So why not take another top talent this year and take a similarly talented quarterback next year?

The Giants currently ranked 24th in opponent yards per game, allowing 6000 yards total, 4000 of those coming through the air. They obviously need help in the secondary, so they could draft LSU talent Greedy Williams. He’s a lockdown corner who over his two years has amassed 71 total tackles and eight interceptions. Williams could really add the help the Giants need in the secondary and still allow them to target Tua and Hurts next year.