NORMAN —Lincoln Riley is calling it the nation’s biggest pro day. He’s likely not wrong, considering the expected attendance.
Oklahoma has credentialed more than 100 media members, and an OU spokesman said more than 60 representatives from the 32 NFL teams will be in Norman on Wednesday.
There’s no real secret why.
Kyler Murray is expected to at least perform a throwing workout for scouts. ESPN is expanding its 11 a.m. SportsCenter (ESPN2) to three hours to include coverage of his pro day.
Murray’s height, weight, 40-yard dash time and vertical leap would also be of interest if he chooses to be measured up for all four. At the NFL combine, he declined all testing except team interviews — which is another story altogether.
Here are four storylines for OU’s Murray-driven pro day.
1. What will Murray participate in?
The former OU quarterback’s presence alone will demand attention. His rapid climb up mock drafts has him as many Las Vegas oddsmakers’ favorite to become the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Murray’s 12:45 p.m. throwing workout is the last scheduled for the day. Will it be his only one? NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, per a source, reported Murray will run the 40 and have his measurements taken. (A vertical leap test seems unnecessary.)
How fast might he run? Murray played last season at 195 pounds and said Feb. 23 he was up to 205. Could that slow him a bit?
2. What does Murray measure?
If he measures again, Murray will have all eyes on him before he even showcases any actual football skills.
Dan Patrick turned heads on his radio show when revealing that one scout believes Murray’s 5-foot-10 and 1/8-inch height was “inflated” at the NFL combine. It’s quite the conspiracy theory, one that should make Murray’s height test one of the more anticipated in recent memory.
Whatever the number winds up being, it will draw a reaction.
3. What will Murray have to say?
Usually, it’s not much. But Murray endured a scathing review when NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly, citing inside information, said feedback from NFL teams was “the worst I ever ever got on a high-rated quarterback.” Riley refuted that, saying a number of teams “raved” to him about his former QB.
Murray, a softspoken guy, will be asked about Casserly’s comments surrounding those interviews. Murray must consider how any potential response might affect his draft image, so a Baker Mayfield-like reaction seems unlikely.
But who knows? Maybe Murray already knows his draft position and unleashes fire.
4. The Murray ripple effect.
Murray’s presence alone will have an impact. OU’s pro day includes 13 other players, including arguably the Sooners’ best singular group of draftable offensive linemen — Cody Ford, Ben Powers, Dru Samia, Bobby Evans.
But the likes of Marcelias Sutton, Amani Bledsoe, Curtis Bolton, Carson Meier, Myles Tease and Austin Seibert can benefit from extra exposure too. That’s where Murray can have an impact; the attention he draws can be shared with others.
“There’s no doubt it helps,” Riley said. “Not only with Kyler, but with all our offensive lineman, one of the best kicker/punters in the country (Seibert). A lot of really good football players working out. A lot of teams are gonna be represented here. A lot of general managers, a lot of position coaches.”