- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray had the NFL scouting combine buzzing Thursday when he measured at 5-foot-101/8 and 207 pounds. Despite weighing more than expected, the Oklahoma product’s smaller size could be a factor in whether teams pass on the quarterback in the draft.

The Redskins, apparently, are not among those concerned.

“In the past, there would be some major questions about his size,” coach Jay Gruden said, “but I think (Seahawks quarterback) Russell Wilson put an end to all that with his ability to escape and throw the ball outside the pocket.

“When you watch Kyler play on tape, I don’t think there’s any concern about his height. He can make every throw from in the pocket, outside the pocket. He’s going to run extremely fast. He’s probably 4.3, 4.4 (40-yard dash) guy.”

Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams echoed similar thoughts.

“Russell Wilson is a little bit under 6 feet and he’s been pretty successful in this league,” Williams said.

Up until Feb. 12, there was a concern whether Murray would play professional baseball instead of football. He was drafted ninth overall in 2018 by the Oakland Athletics. He told the A’s he was pursuing the NFL earlier this month.

Gruden said if Murray played a different position, he could have tried to pursue both leagues.

“When you’re talking about this level, you’re putting a lot of time and energy to get yourself ready to play at the quarterback position,” Gruden said. “If you’re a corner, you could probably do both. Like Deion (Sanders) did, or Bo (Jackson) did at running back. But as a quarterback, it’s very difficult because you have to put a lot of time and effort into the offseason and the regular season to get yourself mentally and physically ready to play.”

There’s also the classic hand-size debate with Murray. The 21-year-old’s hands measured at 9 1/2 inches — smaller than Wilson but slightly bigger than Teddy Bridgewater, who had his stock take a hit after concerns about his hand size.

Williams didn’t sound worried.

“They got some little-hand quarterbacks that play in this league,” Williams said. “I’m not going to get into hand size. Everybody hands wasn’t as big as mine or any other guys. You got some 9-inch hands, some 8 1/2-inch hands.

“I think it’s whether or not the guy can put the ball in his hand and spin it.”

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