Kyler Murray participated in the Sooners pro day Wednesday in the indoor field house at the University of Oklahoma. On hand were coaches and/or scouts from every team in the NFL, as nearly the entire Oklahoma draft class worked out.
Murray began the day by weighing in at 205 pounds, but he did not get measured again or run a 40. But he did have a very impressive session throwing the ball. Like most quarterback pro days, Murray’s workout was scripted. His QB guru, former NFL player and coach Jim Zorn, directed the session. It started out with various NFL-type throws to the left and then followed by the same throws to the right side. Murray showed a strong arm, very good accuracy and ball placement, a quick delivery and solid mechanics. There really wasn’t much to dislike about the workout.
That being said, that’s how QB pro days are supposed to be. They are designed to accentuate the positives of the player and not show his weaknesses. Zorn did an excellent job of that with his script. Murray is very athletic, but Zorn never had him throw on the run — every throw was from the pocket, which will be similar to what he is asked to do at the NFL level.
One thing I especially liked about the workout was that it was very quick-paced. Often we see quarterbacks take their time between throws, but that wasn’t the case here. Murray's throws came in rapid-fire succession. If anything, that showed that Murray is in very good physical condition.
What’s next for Kyler? Now that he has the pro day out of the way, interested clubs will set up private workouts with him. Those will be very different than his scripted and rehearsed session and can tell the club holding the workout much more about the player.
Private workouts can be hours long. They usually start off with an interview, followed by a classroom session. In the classroom, a coach will find out about the player's offensive football knowledge, as well as draw plays up on the board. The coach will then see how the player comprehended things by asking the player to repeat everything that was “installed."
Following the classroom work, the coaches and player will go out to the field for drills. The player had practiced everything for his pro day, but he has no idea what to expect at a private workout. Again this will tell the coaches much about the player’s ability to learn and retain as well as take coaching.
The Arizona Cardinals — who have the first overall pick in the draft — did not send any coaches or front office people to the Murray workout. They will instead hold a private workout that they hope will answer all the questions they have about the player. It is after that session that they will make a final determination on selecting Murray, taking another player or trading out of the top pick.