Murray should exhale and interested teams, including the Cardinals, sitting with the No. 1 pick, can look more closely at the Heisman Trophy victor, who is not quite as short as some feared. He has 9-and-a-half-inch hands.
So, yeah. From this perspective, there should be ZERO concerns about Murray succeeding in the NFL. Murray has put on some weight since the Oklahoma season ended, and NBC Sports' Peter King reported it is by design.
Murray's height will be officially measured at the combine. "There were plenty of debates on whether or now Murray would be over or under 5' 10".
Murray or Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins will likely be the first two quarterbacks taken in the draft, which also features players like Duke's Daniel Jones, Missouri's Drew Lock, West Virginia's Will Grier, Auburn's Jarred Stidham, NC State's Ryan Finley and Washington State's Cardner Minshew. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Murray is not expected to throw at the combine.
For reference, Murray was measured one inch shorter than Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, but three pounds heavier than Wilson was at the 2012 NFL Combine. That's a bit short of the NFL's traditional quarterback template.
Now, with with the success of Wilson and the dynamic play of Murray in his one year of starting, as well as the changing landscape of National Football League quarterbacks, will it be enough for a team to pull the trigger?