The Athletic's grades for former UGA players in NFL Draft

Annette Crawford
April 17, 2019

The 2018 Heisman Trophy victor is expected to be selected high in the upcoming National Football League draft, potentially as high as the No. 1 pick. Kingsbury said while he can use his Big 12 connections to help in the scouting process for players from that conference, he is deferring to Keim and the scouts to prepare for the draft.

Originally, Murray was drafted ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft and signed a $4.33 million contract with the club.

Before the schedule is released, the Cardinals have a few intriguing matchups on the schedule, especially if they select quarterback Kyler Murray first overall. Even if the Cardinals opt to go in a different direction, there's zero chance the Oklahoma quarterback would get out of the top 20 picks. "The one thing that I've appreciated about him the most since we drafted him, the kid has an unbelievable amount of mental toughness", he said.

Instead, if the Jags draft Williams, who is a safer pick than Florida's Jawaan Taylor, it's clear he'll play right tackle or right guard for them and is fine with it.

"He's been phenomenal", Keim told reporters Tuesday.

"What I would say about the defensive line in general is that in the last 10 years I'd say it is the best defensive line group we've seen, both edge rushers and inside guys", Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said at this year's NFL Scouting Combine. "It's fun, good for talk shows and TV but we have a job to do as well". Keim, for his part, said he learned long ago it made little sense to force any draft picks down a coach's throat, since it inevitably causes a problem for the player as soon as he arrives.

Keim summed it up succinctly: "Because we have time".

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