Peter King makes case for Patriots to draft Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray

Ryan Hannable
February 18, 2019 - 12:22 pm

At some point the Patriots are going to need to find Tom Brady's eventual successor, and that could come as soon as this year.

In Monday's Football Morning in America column, NBC Sports' Peter King made a case for the Patriots to find a way to land Oklahoma's Kyler Murray in April's draft.

“If I’m New England, I’m looking long and hard at Murray, for three reasons: Tom Brady will be 42 the next time he takes a snap, the Patriots have enough currency (six picks in the top 101 of this draft, plus next year’s first-rounder) to move into the top 10 if he slips a bit, and Murray could sit and learn while getting physically prepped to be a long-term quarterback,” King wrote.

The 5-foot-9 quarterback had an outstanding season last fall throwing for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns while rushing for 1,001 yards and 12 more touchdowns. King feels he will be able to contribute wherever he goes.

“I really believe Kyler is going to succeed no matter what. In a situation where he’s gonna go in and play, I think he’d be a very similar sparkplug for a place like Baker [Mayfield] was," King added. "If it’s a place that’s maybe been down a little bit. I think he’s so dynamic that he’s I think going to pick it up and do well. I think he’s also proven that if the situation is … he has to play behind somebody, or have a little time to learn, that he will handle that well and use that to an advantage. Knowing what I know, I don’t have a reservation about either scenario with this kid.”

As King noted, the Patriots would in all likelihood need to trade up to get him, but we've seen just how important the quarterback position is and the Patriots eventually need to ensure they have a plan in place for whenever Brady calls it a career.

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