Kyler Murray, the favorite to replace Baker Mayfield in Norman, was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley told SoonerScoop.com last week he was unconcerned about about what happens in the draft because I fully expect him to be with us. But the slot value of the pick is $4.8 million, according to MLB.com, making it a high probability Murray will choose baseball over a future in football.
The Sooners list Murray at 5 foot 10, so baseball appears the better long-term fit anyway.
He’s a chill guy, but he’s a teamer. He’s for his team, Pro Bowl cornerback Xavier Rhodes told USA TODAY Sports. He’s got no problem sitting down and talking to everybody and anybody. And on the field, he plays us just like he did before he came here. He’s extremely accurate. Puts the ball where it needs to be. No receivers open, he’s running, diving into the end zone, jumping up celebrating. He makes every practice game-like.
Well, the format for this camp is similar to the last couple of years and we have a vet-select opportunity, McCarthy said. Sixteen veterans that have been excused from the camp and that’s really twofold: They deserve it, where they are particularly in their career, and as we all know, the second part is there’s only so many reps that you can accomplish throughout the offseason.
Besides Rodgers, the other 15 veterans who have the required experience (entering their sixth season or more) to skip the otherwise mandatory minicamp are receiver Randall Cobb, tight ends Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis and Lance Kendricks, offensive linemen David Bakhtiari, Bryan Bulaga, Lane Taylor and Byron Bell, defensive linemen Mike Daniels and Muhammad Wilkerson, linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Davon House and kicker Mason Crosby.
McCarthy said he and his coaching staff work together to decide which veterans should be excused from minicamp each year.