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This Year's No. 1 NFL Pick Makes History

Kyler Murray was a first-round MLB pick last year
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2019 3:41 AM CDT
Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray speaks at a press conference after the Arizona Cardinals select Murray in the first round of the NFL Draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Vera Nieuwenhuis)
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(Newser) – Baseball's loss is the Arizona Cardinals' gain: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, making him the first athlete ever to be selected in the first round of both the NFL and MLB drafts, USA Today reports. Murray was the No. 9 pick by the Oakland A's in last year's MLB draft, but the deal allowed him to spend another year with the Sooners, and he decided on a career in football after a Heisman Trophy-winning season.

The 5-foot-10 Murray is also the shortest quarterback ever taken in the first round, which the Washington Post describes as a sign of both his "extraordinary skill set and the NFL’s recent shift toward spread offenses." Before taking to the stage at the event in Nashville, Murray embraced his father, Kevin Murray, who was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1983 but pursued a football career. (Read more NFL draft stories.)

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