National Football League mock drafts project Kyler Murray as first-round pick

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The A's have a lot invested in Kyler Murray, seeing as how they drafted him with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Each year, Major League Baseball notifies teams of their draft bonus pools and global spending allotment.

According to Mike Leslie, Murray wants $15 million from the A's.

It might seem trivial - both will pay him millions! - but the Heisman Trophy victor assuredly is weighing the compensation structure of both the Major League Baseball and the NFL as he decides his future.

Top A's executives, a marketing executive from MLB and others met Sunday afternoon with Murray in Dallas, sources told ESPN, to better understand what it would take for Murray to forgo a football career and sell him on playing baseball full-time.

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Murray and the A's are looking to reach a new deal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. The A's reportedly are expecting Murray to enter the draft, hence the meeting. A report last week said the Athletics believe he will declare for the draft Sunday.

So while Murray's signing bonuses in both sports could be similar, the risk/reward for his future earning potential surely will factor into his decision.

But Murray's stock never has been higher, and a career in the National Football League certainly is a possibility, with some projecting the quarterback as a first-round pick, and possibly a replacement for Tom Brady for the New England Patriots.

Should Oakland decide to pursue a major league deal with Murray, it could guarantee him an additional signing bonus while allowing him to remain in the minor leagues to gain reps in center field. At 5-foot-9, he would be the shortest quarterback in the National Football League since Doug Flutie, at 5-10.

However, if the A's are going to lose out on Murray, they won't be doing so without a fight it seems.

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