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Kyler Murray makes his choice. Now the Dolphins must make theirs.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray wins the Heisman Trophy

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won this season's Heisman Trophy, beating out Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa.
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Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won this season's Heisman Trophy, beating out Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa.

Kyler Murray has made his decision.

Now the Dolphins will make theirs.

Tank for Tua or the Future is Now?

Murray, Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, announced on Twitter Monday that he is picking football over baseball.

“Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” Murray wrote on Twitter. “Football has been my love and my passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships.

“I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision-makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft.”

In other words: Goodbye Oakland A’s.

Hello Miami Dolphins?

Murray, the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, made his decision on the eve of spring training.

By failing to report to A’s camp, he must return a nearly $5 million signing bonus, but he will make all that back — and then some — if he’s a first-round pick.

So the question on the lips of most every Dolphins fan: Will Miami take him 13th overall, fast-forwarding a rebuild plan by a full year?

Many believe the Dolphins plan to tank in 2019 to get a shot at Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon’s Justin Herbert early in the 2020 draft.

But why wait on a franchise quarterback when you can get one now?

Certainly, Murray has all the tools. He completed 69 percent of his passes for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in his only season as a starting collegiate quarterback. He also rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 more scores.

So why isn’t Murray a slam-dunk top five pick?

He’s short.

Like nickel cornerback short. Murray is (generously) listed at 5-10, 195 pounds.

Not exactly the prototypical NFL size — and Chris Grier, the Dolphins’ head of everything football, usually sticks to prototypes.

So Murray at 13 might be a stretch. But don’t discount the Dolphins trading back, acquiring more selections and then taking a shot on Murray either in the late first or early second round.

And if he does not pan out, there would be nothing stopping the Dolphins from drafting a quarterback again in 2020.

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Adam Beasley has covered the Dolphins for the Miami Herald since 2012, and has worked for the newspaper since 2006. He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications and has written about sports professionally since 1996.
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