INDIANAPOLIS – Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray is holding out Saturday and won’t throw at the NFL scouting combine, but his height and hand measurements might be enough to satisfy scouts until Oklahoma’s pro day later this month.
The question has been whether Murray is big enough to be a great NFL quarterback. He measured in at 5 feet, 10⅛ inches, just a half-inch shorter than Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and has bigger hands than last year’s top draft pick, Baker Mayfield.
“I’m loving this whole experience,” Murray said Friday. “I showed up and they told me to put my hand down, told me to stand here, stand there, and that’s what I did. Then everybody made a big deal about it.”
Murray also tried to quell concerns about his previous indecision between professional football and baseball. He declared for the NFL draft last month, a year after the Oakland Athletics selected Murray with the ninth pick in the major league baseball draft.
“Yes, it’s a final decision,” Murray said. “I’m here. I’m ready to go. I was born a football player. I love this game. There was no turning back when I made this decision. I’m 100 percent in.”
Gophers at combine
Offensive lineman Donnell Greene is one of two former Gophers, with linebacker Blake Cashman, trying to impress NFL teams this week. Greene couldn’t participate in on-field drills Friday while rehabbing a knee injury that kept him out of the Quick Lane Bowl. He said he’s still grateful to interview with teams because “I never thought I’d be in this position.”
“I’ve had a different offensive line coach every year at the University of Minnesota,” Greene said. “So I was constantly switching techniques and I was never really able to grasp a certain thing that I felt like I was good at. I’m just happy to be here.”
Vikings eyeing kickers
Vikings special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf kept busy this week in Indianapolis, meeting with three of the NFL draft’s top kickers in Cole Tracy (LSU), Matt Gay (Utah) and Austin Seibert (Oklahoma). Kickers interview with eight NFL coaches at a time, but Maalouf sought one-on-one time this week. Dan Bailey is set to become a free agent on March 13.
“Great conversation with him,” said Gay, who made 26 of 31 field goals last fall for Utah. “Had a quick little interview with him right before the big interview.”
‘Needed a break’
Former Vikings cornerback Terence Newman stepped away from the coaching staff this offseason so he could embrace retirement. Newman, 40, was an assistant defensive backs coach last season after he didn’t make the team out of his 16th training camp.
“He told me he just felt like he enjoyed it but it was a grind going from playing right into coaching,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “He just felt like he needed a break.”
Udeze a free agent
One coaching free agent, former Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze, is in Indianapolis this week looking for work during the combine. He was set to meet with the Chargers on Friday to discuss an opening on L.A.’s staff. Udeze, the 2004 first-round pick, was let go as USC’s defensive line coach after three seasons.
Salary cap set
The NFL’s 2019 salary cap was finalized at $188.2 million for each team, the league announced Friday, leaving the Vikings with about $5 million in cap space before cost-cutting moves. It’s an increase of about $10 million from last season.