Oklahoma quarterback and 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray was the first player to hear his name called in the 2019 NFL Draft after being selected as the top overall selection by the Arizona Cardinals.
With the pick, OU became the first school to have QBs go as the top draft choice in consecutive seasons after 2017 Heisman Trophy recipient Baker Mayfield went first last year to the Cleveland Browns. Additionally, the Sooners became the first program that has produced first-round signal callers in consecutive years, much less No. 1 overall picks. Oklahoma is only the second school (USC in 1968, 69) to have a top pick in back-to-back drafts, regardless of position.
The 2019 draft marks the third-consecutive in which the Big 12 has had a first round quarterback with Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes chosen at No. 10 in 2017 by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Murray is the first athlete that has been selected in the first round of both the NFL and MLB drafts. He was taken No. 9 overall last June by the Oakland A's, but announced in February that he will play football professionally instead of baseball. Last season, while leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff semifinals, the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year accounted for 5,362 yards. He completed 69 percent of his passes for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also ran for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Two other Big 12 players were taken in the first round. OU wide receiver Marquise Brown, one of Murray's top targets in 2018, was selected at No. 25 by the Baltimore Ravens. TCU defensive end L.J. Collier was picked at No. 29 by the Seattle Seahawks.
Brown earned AP All-America First Team honors in 2019 after ranking 14th nationally with 94.1 receiving yards per game and registering 10 receiving touchdowns. His 1,318 receiving yards rank as fourth most in school single-season history and he tied for the national lead in receptions of 40-plus yards (11), 50-plus yards (seven) and 60-plus yards (four).
Colllier was an All-Big 12 First Team selection by the Conference head coaches and Pro Football Focus. PFF gave him the highest grade among edge rushers in the Big 12 in 2018. He placed second on TCU with his career-high 6.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss and tied for third on the team with four pass breakups, the most by a Horned Frogs defensive lineman.
The Big 12 has had 84 first-round selections since its inception in 1996-97. A Big 12 QB has been selected in the first round 10 times.
2019 NFL Draft
1. Kyler Murray (Oklahoma), QB, Arizona Cardinals
25. Marquise Brown (Oklahoma), WR, Baltimore Ravens
29. L.J. Collier (TCU), DE, Seattle Seahawks
38. Cody Ford (Oklahoma), OT, Buffalo Bills
46. Dalton Risner (K-State), OT, Denver Broncos
49. Ben Banogu (TCU), OLB, Indianapolis Colts
67. Jalen Hurd (Baylor), WR, San Francisco 49ers
73. David Montgomery (Iowa State), RB, Chicago Bears
97. Bobby Evans (Oklahoma), OT, Los Angeles Rams
100. Will Grier (West Virginia), QB, Carolina Panthers
101. Yodny Cajuste (West Virginia), OT, New England Patriots
103. Hakeem Butler (Iowa State), WR, Arizona Cardinals
113. Justice Hill (Oklahoma State), RB, Baltimore Ravens
114. Dru Samia (Oklahoma), OG, Minnesota Vikings
120. Gary Jennings Jr. (West Virginia), WR, Seattle Seahawks
121. Trevon Wesco (West Virginia), TE, New York Jets
133. Ben Powers (Oklahoma), OG, Baltimore Ravens
161. Charles Omenihu (Texas), DE, Houston Texans
170. Austin Seibert (Oklahoma), K, Cleveland Browns
188. David Long Jr. (West Virginia), LB, Tennessee Titans
205. Duke Shelley (K-State), CB, Chicago Bears
211. Rodney Anderson (Oklahoma), RB, Cincinnati Bengals
217. Kris Boyd (Texas), CB, Minnesota Vikings
226. Ty Summers (TCU), LB, Green Bay Packers
251. Dakota Allen (TTU), LB, Los Angeles Rams
253. Jordan Brailford (Oklahoma State), DE, Washington Redskins