Kyler Murray saw a swarm of reporters and cameras flood to his podium at the NFL Combine on Friday, and though baseball-related questions saw a dejecting look from the Heisman Trophy, he did enjoy answering a question about the Giants.
With head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman on hand this week in Indianapolis, it is obvious they are looking at the top quarterback prospects in this year's draft to see if one could be Eli Manning's heir apparent. Murray believes he could be that guy, especially with the weapons the team currently possesses in Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley, and Evan Engram.
"Like you said, OB, Shep, Evan [Engram], Saquon -- I think me in that system or with those guys can be very dangerous," Murray said. "At the same time, I don't get to choose where I go so, if that was the case, I would love to be in that situation. Love to be in New York."
This statement came a couple hours after Murray's competition in Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, a New Jersey-born quarterback that grew up rooting for the Giants, said "it'd be a dream come true" to be drafted by his hometown team. Both players recognize the opportunity they would have learning behind Manning, and taking over once his time is up.
But, for Murray, there is that question about his love for football -- more specifically his choice to leave his baseball career behind -- that took priority in his media session. The Oklahoma product made it clear: Football is what he was born to play.
"Yes, that's the final decision," he said. "I'm here, I'm ready to go. I was born a football player, I love this game, and there's no turning back when I made this decision. I'm 100 percent in."
Unlike Haskins, Shurmur and Gettleman won't be able to see Murray show off his skills on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf. Murray said he is "just doing interviews" at the Combine, but will "do everything [at my] Pro Day" that includes running his 40-yard dash. But an interview with Big Blue will certainly be on his agenda.
What they have seen, like the rest of us, is Murray's measurable that made headlines due to the fascination over how tall he really was. Some reports had him as short as 5-foot-8, but Murray was officially measure at 5-foot-10 1/8 -- one half-inch shorter than Russell Wilson when he was measured at his Combine.
Murray wasn't too worried about his height, saying he didn't even know what it would read before it happened.
"I knew I was going to be over 200 (he weighed in at 207 pounds)," he said. "Whether or not I was going to be 5-10 or not, I haven't measured myself. So was it a surprise? No. But I didn't know what they were going to say honestly."
So, even though he won't partake in any drills, Murray is still one of the most intriguing prospects at the Combine this week. It's why the Giants will do as much as they can to see if he is the right man for their No. 6 overall pick come April.