NFL coach says criticisms of Kyler Murray are ‘fairly accurate’
Kyler Murray is suddenly facing a lot of scrutiny after he failed to impress some teams during the interview process at the Scouting Combine, and at least one NFL coach says the concerns about the Heisman Trophy winner are real.
NFL Media analyst Charley Casserly had the most scathing remarks about Murray, revealing Tuesday that the feedback he got from teams about the former Oklahoma star was “the worst comments I ever got on a high-rated quarterback.” One NFL coach who chose to remain anonymous told Matt Lombardo of NJ.com that the assessment was not that far off.
“That’s fairly accurate,” the coach said. “Maybe not to that extreme. It might be a little overblown, but there’s definitely some truth there.”
A scout from another team agreed, though he also said Casserly may have been exaggerating a bit.
“I wouldn’t go quite as far as Casserly,” said the scout, who also chose to remain anonymous. “But, he’s no Patrick Mahomes or Baker Mayfield. That’s for sure.”
Casserly said Murray rated poorly in the categories of leadership, study habits and board work. That was consistent with what a Phoenix radio host claimed he heard, which is that Murray’s ability to read defenses is seen as a “huge question mark.”
Of course, Murray does not have to impress 32 teams. Coaches, scouts and executives from different teams may not share the same opinion of the quarterback, and Murray apparently impressed the one team that matters most. Rumors and negative information always ramp up as the NFL Draft gets closer, so the Murray criticism could just be another example of that.