Kyler Murray was always a wildcard in this draft due to the probability of him playing professional baseball. With his mind now being set on football, Murray made a big decision by selecting his first NFL agent. While he had Scott Boras represent him for baseball, Murray will be represented by Eric Burkhardt.
According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, Burkhardt is the agent of new Arizona Cardinals’ head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The irony here is that an agent represents not only a top NFL draft prospect, but also the coach with the first pick in the NFL Draft. The likelihood of the Cardinals selecting a quarterback is slim because they just traded up for Josh Rosen in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Murray is a better athlete than Rosen, but the Heisman Trophy winner has only played one year of meaningful football. He struggled in his only season at Texas A&M and barely played last year behind Baker Mayfield. Dwayne Haskins Jr. is in a similar situation with only one year of starting experience, but the Ohio State quarterback is more of a pocket passer than Murray.
His ability to extend the play and is a great scrambler, but Murray will have to be more of a pocket passer to have a lengthy career in the NBA. His Orange Bowl performance against Alabama was erratic as he had 417 total yards and three touchdowns, but he completed only 51.4 percent of his passes in that game. Murray struggled early in the game as he was unable to get anything going in the first half of the game.
His performance at the NFL Combine is important as Murray is one of the shortest quarterback prospects to enter the NFL Draft in recent memory. Hiring an agent like Burkhardt before the scouting combine is important as an agent like Burkhardt has experience dealing with NFL personnel. Having the same agent as a current NFL coach definitely helps Murray, but that does not mean the Heisman Trophy Winner will end up on the Cardinals.