Matt Waldman has few worries about 2019 NFL Draft prospect Kyler Murray’s height. He’s more concerned with the quarterback’s short fuse in the pocket.
The concerns about Kyler Murray’s height will dominate the draft season analysis about the Sooner quarterback’s NFL potential. However, it’s Murray’s speed and quickness that often crosses the line from a strength to a weakness when he’s operating from the pocket.
Murray plays at a fast pace. Watch his feet in the pocket and they move like pistons in a racing engine operating a naturally high RPM. This isn’t frenetic behavior, it’s his natural pace, which happens to be more elevated than the average quarterback.
That pace helps him cover a lot of ground as a runner and improvising passer. It also gets him into trouble when operating from the pocket because his ability to cover ground quickly costs him precision and creates confusion for his receivers.
These two videos from a full-length, deep dive on Murray illustrates the problem.
Murray’s upcoming RSP Film Room will cover several facets of Murray’s game. There are even plays where Murray may remind some of a more athletic Russell Wilson with even more compelling arm talent. However, Murray lacks the elite pocket presences and poise of Wilson.
Wilson was always a strategic player with an intuitive grasp of balancing his athletic ability creating optimum space to win with his arm. Murray hasn’t found that balance and his game isn’t as intuitive.
At least not yet. Stay tuned.
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