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College Sports: Kyler Murray, two other Sooners land in Round 1 of Mel Kiper’s first 2019 NFL mock draft

When it comes to former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper isn’t holding back.

Kiper called Murray “the most fascinating and intriguing player in the history of the NFL draft” on Paul Finebaum’s show Thursday. 

In Kiper’s initial mock draft, he placed Murray at No. 13 overall to the Miami Dolphins. Miami moved on from coach Adam Gase this offseason and could be looking to do the same with quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Here’s what Kiper had to offer about the Murray selection in his mock draft:

“The Dolphins need to rebuild What better way to start that rebuild than to take the Heisman Trophy winner? Now, just because Murray has entered the draft doesn’t mean he’s sticking to football. He could still back out and play baseball. But I’m treating him as if he’s all-in for now, and if he goes to the combine — he’s going to run a blazing 40-yard dash — and goes through workouts for teams, I expect him to be picked in Round 1. This is an unprecedented situation for a 5-foot-10 quarterback, but it’s going to be fun to watch over the next few months.”

Murray’s draft stock will likely be dependent on how much he works out for NFL teams in the pre-draft process. If Murray does participate in the scouting combine — thus leaving Oakland A’s spring training to do so — it would be a strong indication of which sport Murray plans to play professionally.

Kiper pegged two other former Sooners in the first round of his mock: Offensive tackle Cody Ford to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 7 overall and receiver Marquise Brown to the Oakland Raiders at No. 24 overall. 

Houston’s Ed Oliver also made the cut, landing at No. 14 to the Atlanta Falcons.

The combine is slated for Feb. 26 through March 4.

— See Kiper’s full mock draft here.

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