Kyler Murray already the pressure and weight of the world on his shoulders after he shunned baseball to become the #1 pick in the NFL Draft.
Now, he has extra added pressure to deal with as he is already drawing comparisons to 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic spoke with multiple people connected with the Arizona Cardinals that are vouching that Murray throws the ball like Mahomes.
“You could compare it to that,” receiver Christian Kirk said. “It’s very unique, for sure. I’ve talked about it before. Obviously, everyone knows what he can do with his legs, but what he’s able to do with his arm and just the way it comes off his hand. It’s never a duck; it’s always a spiral. . . . It’s just so quick coming off his hands and the ball is usually never late and it’s usually never underthrown.”
Running back David Johnson agrees with that notion.
“I think you can say that, yeah,” Johnson said. “That’s a good comparison. It’s high praise, but I think it’s a good comparison. Kyler’s got one heck of an arm, that’s for sure.”
“Kyler’s a different guy, man,” tight end Ricky Seals-Jones added. “He’s got it all. He can spin it. It’s going to be fun to watch and it’s going to be fun being out there making plays for him.”
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury who coached Mahomes in college and is now about to coach Murray had the best insight.
“It’s just a quick, efficient release,” Kingsbury said regarding Murray’s throwing motion. “He can drop it down. Pat was the same way and is the same way. They can drop it down and not lose accuracy, not lose touch. They’re so used to throwing from different platforms, different angles in baseball and it just translates over to football for them.”
“Yeah, they don’t always have to be on a perfect plain or a great pocket,” Kingsbury said. “They can throw from spaces or moving or falling off balance and still be accurate and throw with velocity and touch.”
“You can see it throughout the NFL,” Kingsbury said. “Guys that are able to do that are having a lot of success, starting with Pat. You know, Aaron Rodgers has been phenomenal at it. Deshaun Watson, Ben Roethlisberger, all those guys, that second phase of extending the play, it’s huge.”
So how does Murray feel about the comparisons to one of the best quarterbacks in the entire league?
“I mean, he obviously won MVP,” Murray said. “I respect his game a lot, obviously. I think for me, it’s just working to be myself and just be the best me I can be. But no, I take it as a compliment.”