Want a guy that can do what Mahomes does?
That guy is Kyler Murray. The Heisman trophy winner threw for nearly 3700 yards and 37 touchdowns versus just seven interceptions. He completed 70% of his passes. More impressive are his additional 850 yards on the ground and 11 rushing touchdowns. Murray can get you either way and coupled with Phillip Lindsay in Denver’s backfield, it’s possible he’d take the Broncos offense to very Chiefs-like heights.
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The downside? He’s 5’11”, not ideal in an NFL that’s gone the way of the 6’5″+ quarterback. Murray is short but so is Russell Wilson, so is Phillip Lindsay. Barry Sanders was short. It’s not any more or less a risk that Murray isn’t a giant, it really only matters if the Denver coaching staff can work with the options that Kyler would present. Since offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello is entering his first season at the position, we don’t know if he fits stylistically with someone like Murray.
Denver may be able to get Murray with the 9th pick, another advantage since trading up adds to the cost of an already risky venture.
The excitement and intensity that Broncos fans can bring to bear matters. It can get misplaced, as in the case of Chad Kelly but if we look all the way back to Tim Tebow, Denver is willing to take on a project or an unlikely hero. Murray would certainly ignite the base, if for no other reason by virtue of his Heisman win. He might even take a Mahomes-esque redshirt year while Keenum plays out his contract and Denver coaches adjust to the possibilities for a Murray-led offense.
Another draft prospect that brings a completely different skillset: