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You can see why Kyler Murray went No. 1 overall

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You can see why Kyler Murray went No. 1 overall


When it comes to rookie quarterbacks in the NFL this year, most of the talk has centered around two players — Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones — the top two QBs selected in this year’s NFL Draft.

We all know how much the New York Giants loved Jones, who they took with the sixth overall pick, but we never would find out how much they liked Murray, selected first overall by the Arizona Cardinals.

“We did a lot of work on him,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said on Monday as Big Blue began their preparation for the Cardinals’ visit this coming Sunday. “We weren’t surprised that he was the number one pick.”

Someone asked Shurmur why he wasn’t surprised Murray, who was also offered a lucrative baseball contract by the Oakland A’s, was taken No. 1.

“Because he’s an outstanding player, that’s why,” said the coach, who then expounded on the virtues of the electric Murray.

“He keeps every play alive with his feet, certainly. They’re doing a lot of good stuff on offense. You see the reason why he was a dynamic player in college. He can make great throws from the pocket, but when the field gets spread out, he can take off and run with it. Especially in situational football where it’s third and short, or some of the third downs, or you get down in the red zone, they take advantage of his legs and his ability to move around. Not to minimize the fact that he’s an outstanding pocket passer. I think that’s what makes him dangerous.”

The knock on Murray coming out of Oklahoma, where he won the Heisman Trophy last year, was his size (5-foot-10, 207 pounds) and whether he was tall enough to play in the NFL. After six games, he’s provided the answer to that question and many more.

Murray has started all six games for Arizona this season as a rookie and has thrown for 1,664 yards (9th overall) and rushed for 238 (2nd among QBs behind Lamar Jackson).

After going 0-3-1 in his first four starts, Murray has led the Cards to two straight victories. He’s taking aim at the Giants this week, who have lost two in a row.

“I think you’re seeing in our league all of the things that he did in college,” said Shurmur. “That’s what makes him dynamic. He’s an outstanding athlete, can throw the ball extremely well and when things break down or he has a chance to move around, he does that probably as well as anybody.”

Giants' Pat Shurmur: You can see why Kyler Murray went No. 1 overall

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