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IndyStar columnist Gregg Doyel said quarterback Kyler Murray of Oklahoma would do well in the new NFL, which is more like college football.
Gregg Doyel, gregg.doyel@indystar.com

The Detroit Lions should name Kyler Murray, the fantastic quarterback from Oklahoma who looks more like Russell Wilson every day.

Phew! It was closed.

Now that the size, weight and size of Kyler Murray's hands meet acceptable NFL standards and guarantee to everyone that the Oklahoma quarterback is not a Heisman homunculus, we can all breathe little better.

Murray officially made his NFL Scouting record at 5 feet 10 1/8 inches, 207 pounds, and 9 1/2 inches. The big concern was that he would measure less than 5-10, less than 200 pounds, with hands smaller than 9 inches.

4. Oakland Raiders – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma: Jon Gruden drove over Murray in the Senior Bowl, before Murray joined the NFL full-time. (Photo: Craig Ruttle, AP)

This means that the general managers and decision-makers of the league – you know, the geniuses who transmitted Aaron Rodgers 23 times and 198 times on Tom Brady – may feel safer about Murray's writing.

After all, what is a meager Heisman Trophy, 42 ground, 12 ground, 4,361 rushing and 1,001 rushing yards telling Murray that a tape measure at 1 , $ 99 can not?

If the combine was a purse, Murray would be a green line up at a 45 degree angle. And it may be steeper than that after talking to reporters on Friday and fueling the hype. And even steeper when he runs the 40-yard scorecard and compares favorably to the 4.55 seconds of Russell Wilson and 4.8 of Patrick Mahomes. I guess he easily beats Mahomes' time and beats Wilson's.

What does all this mean? This means that at the end of the combine, more teams will elect Murray higher in their selection board. This means that its value will increase. And value is what it is. This is the NFL draft and the reason why quarterbacks, even in the low draft classes, are always more popular than other positions.

And that's why the Detroit Lions should not hesitate to nominate Murray if he is available when they choose an eighth in two months.

Fans, editorial experts and the media tend to have a bad idea of ​​the project. They tend to see it as a way of meeting the need for starting personnel. However, teams view the project as one of many tools (free agency, undeveloped free agents, waiver requests and transactions) that fills the list of potential candidates, replacements and role players.

The only incredibly difficult position outside the repechage is the starting quarter. Its importance and its salary have become disproportionate, which explains why a quarter put forward during the first rounds far surpasses the value of any other post written during the first laps.

Oh yes, but what about Matthew Stafford? Even though, after ten seasons and no playoff win, public opinion has begun to turn against him, the popular narrative still exists that Stafford "is not the biggest problem." In reality, he is because his performance, especially last season, did not justify his exorbitant salary.

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford dropped the ball to scorer LeGarrette Blount in the first half on Sunday, December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch USA TODAY Sports)

Stafford will benefit from a cap of $ 29.5 million this year and $ 31.5 million by 2020. On the fifth day of 2021 League, at the age of 33, Stafford will receive a bonus $ 10 million. This means that Lions are essentially two years old for Stafford to play much better or find his replacement. And do not even think about writing Clemson's Trevor Lawrence in 2021, as 32 NFL teams all think the same thing right now.

The best plan is the "Kansas City model" that Dave Gettleman, chief executive of the Giants of New York, called "very good job". The Chiefs had Alex Smith – a No. 1 pick in the Stafford rankings – and drafted Patrick Mahomes 10th overall. in 2017. Mahomes started in 2018 and took the Chiefs to the AFC title game.

Lions have even more reason to copy leaders. While Smith and Mahomes are also adapting to the Chiefs offensive because they look like mobile quarterbacks, the Lions offensive is becoming a heavy offensive that is much better suited to Murray than to Stafford. .

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Is that really why we hired former Seattle attack coordinator Darrell Bevell? And is it really hard to see that Murray is the closest thing to Russell Wilson that Bevell and the Lions are likely to see in the near future?

If you are still not convinced, send me your address and I will bring my red wire and bugs to your home.

Quinn and Patricia know the facts. Stafford is 24-24 and 0-1 in the playoffs without a touchdown under Quinn (0-3 in the playoffs). He is 6-10 under Patricia. Are they ready to play another season without a backup plan for Stafford, who is about to learn a new offense that probably will not suit him?

Quarterback Kyler Murray led Oklahoma to the Orange Bowl. (Photo: Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports)

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Quinn and Patricia will not publicly throw Stafford under the bus. But what does he say about the stafford's trust if a general manager, for the first time in his career, has said twice in two weeks that he is prepared to write what would likely be Stafford's replacement with the eighth choice?

Nobody knows which player is going to train. That's why we're fascinated by things like the combine, which is used primarily to push, push and measure a player to raise the red flags. In Murray's case, the combine can also give the go-ahead to a team like the Lions.

Contact Carlos Monarrez at cmonarrez@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @cmonarrez.