Denver Broncos Emerge as Candidate to Draft Oakland A's No. 1 Draft Kyler Murray

Murray would return $4.66 million bonus to A's if he opts for NFL.

In the aftermath of Senior Bowl Week, CBSSports.com is the first to come out with a projected first-round for the NFL draft this spring, and the webstie is projecting Oakland quarterback Kyler Murray will be selected 10th overall by the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos passed on a motherlode of first-round quarterback draft choices a year ago, but in a season that ended with a change in head coaches the indications are the Broncos have realized they have to address their quarterback sitaution. Case Keenum is already under contract, bjut his deal is up at the end of the 2019 season.

CBSSprts.com projected first round:

Meanwhile, in Oakland, A's general manager Billy Beane said the A's remain hopeful they will retain Murray, their first-round draft choice last June, before NFL teams got so excited about Murray, who was not as big an NFL prospect before his senior year. He made a strong enough impression that NFL teams suddenly down played his height (5-11), which is a concern because of the size of NFL defensive linemen.

The A’s will not get a compensatory pick if the outfielder, selected ninth overall last June, picks the NFL, but, San Francisco Chronicle baseball writer Susan Slusser reported Beane said, “Listen, we’re still very excited about Kyler Murray. ... He’s a phenomenal kid and a great athlete and I wouldn’t take that pick back in a second. We’re all still very optimistic.”

The expectation for now is that Murray willreport to big-league camp by Feb. 15. But there is no timetable for him to decide baseball vs. football, Beane said.

“I don’t think creating timelines or ultimatums is really going to lead to the positive outcome we’d like to see,” Beane said

Should Murray report and then leave the team for the NFL combine at the end of February, the team likely would place him on the restricted list, and he would have to repay his $4.66 million signing bonus. The A’s aren’t considering allowing Murray to attend the combine and then return to big-league camp and have not discussed it with Murray or his representatives.

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