OU football: Kyler Murray, OU’s ace in the hole, waited for opportunity

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray warms up before the Sooners' game against Kansas State on Oct. 27 at Owen Field. Murray waited two seasons to become OU's starter and could have left school after being drafted by the MLB's Oakland Athletics last June.

Could Kyler Murray really become Oklahoma's second consecutive Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback to go No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft? 

It sure seems to be trending that way. 

In NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah's latest mock draft, Murray is projected to land with the Arizona Cardinals, who have the top pick. That development comes despite Murray not testing at the NFL Combine last week, though he did stand just over 5 feet, 10 inches and more than 200 pounds — which impressed scouts. 

Former OU quarterback Baker Mayfield went No. 1 to the Browns in 2018. 

BetOnline.com now gives Murray leading odds to go No. 1, surging past former Ohio State pass rusher Nick Bosa. Murray's odds are 1/2, while Bosa's are 3/2, followed by Quinnen Williams (12/1) and Josh Allen (16/1).

The NFL Draft's first round is April 25 in Nashville, Tennessee. Murray will compete in a closed-to-the-public pro day at OU on March 13.