NFL Combine notes: Murray mania hits Indy

Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins draws a crowd, too

Daryl Ruiter
March 01, 2019 - 7:33 pm

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


Indianapolis, IN (92.3 The Fan) – While the Cleveland Browns are not in the market for a quarterback this April, it was fascinating to watch the crowd swarm the podium where Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray spoke.

The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner stood tall – all five-foot-10 of him – as questions were lobbed at him for his 15-minute session.

Murray didn’t want to talk too much about his predecessor at Oklahoma – Baker Mayfield.

“Bakes success is his success,” Murray said. “He did come from Oklahoma. That’s my guy and I wish him the best, obviously. But again, I gotta do my thing. I gotta prove myself at this level and I hope he continues to do his thing.

“His success is his success though.”

The Arizona Cardinals, who selected Josh Rosen 10th overall a year ago will meet with Murray this week in Indianapolis and it has been reported that they’d seriously consider taking Murray with the first overall pick in April.

“To be the No. 1 pick, that’s a kid’s dream come true,” Murray said.

Murray, who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics decided to play football instead of baseball.

“It’s a final decision,” Murray said. “I’m here. I’m ready to go. I was born a football player. I love this game. There was no turning back when I made this decision. I’m 100 percent in.”

Murray was asked about Bryce Harper’s $330 million 13-year deal with the Phillies to which he responded, “Everybody makes a big deal about it because it says $300 million. There’s quarterbacks making more money than him a year.”

The difference Murray didn’t account for is that Harper’s contract is fully guaranteed, unlike in the NFL.

Friday’s press conference will be the only highlights Murray will provide this week. He will not throw on or work out on Saturday, opting instead to save the workout for his pro day.

Don’t forget Dwayne – Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins also drew quite the gathering Friday when he took the same podium Murray did.

Some have Haskins ranked ahead of Murray in their QB rankings for the draft, but Haskins is paying the critics and prognosticators little attention.

“I’m not worried about Kyler,” Haskins said. “I have to worry about me. I’m going to do what I need to do in meetings and out on the field tomorrow to showcase my talents. I know I’m a franchise quarterback and can be a really great quarterback in the NFL.”

Haskins isn’t the only Buckeye here in Indianapolis that will receive a lot of attention. Teammate Nick Bosa, who left the team last season after getting injured, is not expected to last long in April.

“He said I could go first and he’d go second,” Haskins said.

“I don’t know if there have been people both from the same school to go first and second. We both joke about that a lot when we see each other.”

Brown connection – Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown raved about Mayfield and the impact the Browns’ QB had on him in 2017.

“Baker really motivated me to get out there and make plays,” Brown said. “Baker always pushed me to be great and I love that guy.”

So how does Brown think Mayfield and Murray compare as quarterbacks?

“Baker is more of a talker. Kyler is more… he lets his play do the talking,” Brown said. “They’re two different personalities, but they’re two great quarterbacks.”

Steelers Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown is Brown’s cousin. The two work out and watch film together but when they are together, Antonio doesn’t talk about his situation.

“He just talks about me,” Brown said.

Brown has gotten lots of quality advice from his cousin heading into the Combine and hopes to take a few cues from him on the field too.

“His aggressiveness,” Brown said. “Any time he gets the ball, he wants to score, as well. We have the same mentality in that sense. Get the ball and score.”

Brown, who underwent Lisfranc surgery recently and won't run this weekend, said he will visit with the Browns’ as one of their 60 formal interviews.

Collins meeting delayed – The meeting between Browns general manager John Dorsey and Bus Cook, the agent for linebacker Jamie Collins was pushed back to Saturday Mary Kay Cabot of reported.

Dorsey said Thursday he intended to meet with Cook to discuss Collins’ future with the Browns on Friday.