Eight former Oklahoma Sooners, including QB Kyler Murray, have been invited to the 2019 NFL Combine, and according to Adam Schefter, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner is indeed expected make the trip to Indianapolis. Other participants include Rodney Anderson, Marquise Brown, Bobby Evans, Cody Ford, Ben Powers, Dru Samia and Austin Seibert.
Not to be confused with "will participate." Murray was literally silent on the subject last week at the Super Bowl when asked about his combine plans. He's been invited, but like with any player, they don't have to show or work out. It's up to them. https://t.co/ajqTuSyTiQ— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) February 7, 2019
What’s important to remember here is that Murray is set to report to camp for the Oakland Athletics on Feb. 15. The NFL Combine, which begins Feb. 26, conflicts with Spring Training, so unless the A’s are cool with him going to Indianapolis, Murray will probably end up making his football/baseball decision public by the end of the month. Last week, Murray told NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano that his decision would be coming “soon”. On Wednesday, Lincoln Riley mentioned that the choice has already been made and that he’s aware of Murray’s decision.
Sending seven offensive players and a kicker/punter to the combine is definitely an impressive mark for this program. Additionally, having four offensive lineman in Indy is particularly noteworthy and speaks to how well Bill Bedenbaugh has developed talent during his time in Norman. The defense is a bit of a different discussion and creates a bit of a convoluted argument. On one hand, Oklahoma does return the vast majority of its defense in 2019. On the other, none of its draft-eligible players were in a good position to declare early, which sort of speaks to the situation Alex Grinch is inheriting.
Most players at NFL Combine:— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) February 7, 2019
9-Georgia, Ole Miss, Washington
8-Florida, Kentucky, Miss St., Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Wisconsin
7-Boston College, Penn St., Stanford
6-Auburn, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, NC State, Utah, West Virginia
Anyway, i’m really looking forward to seeing how some of these guys test in front of the scouts. How fast will Marquise Brown run the 40? Probably pretty fast. How much athleticism will Cody Ford flash for a man of his size? Probably a lot. How will Rodney Anderson look following his rehabilitation process? Knowing him, he might look better than ever.