Nyqwan Murray draws praise at Seattle’s rookie minicamp

Former Florida State players drew mixed reviews during the 2019 NFL Draft as just Brian Burns (First-Round, Carolina) and Demarcus Christmas (Sixth-Round, Seattle) were selected despite the Seminoles having 11 draft-eligible prospects. However, since then, the guys that weren’t selected have been latching on with NFL teams as undrafted free agents. Seven of the nine former FSU players who went undrafted have signed deals or been offered tryouts with teams.

That group includes wide receiver Nyqwan Murray, who was hoping to hear his name called in the draft and will now have to prove himself through a harder road. Shortly after the draft ended, Murray signed with the Seattle Seahawks, a team who struggled to find consistency on the outside in 2018.

The Seahawks had just two receivers record over 600 yards last season, Tyler Lockette and Doug Baldwin. Baldwin has since been released due to a failed physical. With Russell Wilson signing a massive deal in the offseason, you can bet head coach Pete Carroll is looking to upgrade his air attack.

In his eight seasons after being undrafted out of Stanford, Baldwin has consistently been Seattle’s top receiving option. Now, they’ll need to find his replacement and it won’t be an easy task. The Seahawks drafted D.K. Metcalf in the Second-Round but the worry is he might not have the lateral shiftiness or route-running ability to replace Baldwin.

Enter Nyqwan Murray, who coincidentally is close to the same size as the 2015 Second-Team All-Pro. Murray stands at 5-foot-10, 191-pounds while Baldwin is 5-foot-10, 192-pounds. They also have similar college stats and stories, which obviously won’t matter when it’s all said and done, but they’re fun to compare.

Murray caught 127 passes for 1,854 yards (14.6 YPC), and 12 touchdowns during his career at Florida State. Baldwin, on the other hand, hauled in 96 passes for 1,320 yards (14.2 YPC) and 13 touchdowns at Stanford. Baldwin came into Seattle with the opportunity to compete for a starting spot, he seized the opportunity and turned his career into something special. Now, with Baldwin gone, Murray has the same chance to battle for a spot in the Seahawks receiving corps. The only question is; can he take advantage of it?

Well, he’s certainly started off on the right foot. Murray was one of a few receivers who media members noted as standing out during Seattle’s rookie minicamp. With that type of performance, his odds of earning an invite to training camp have certainly increased. We’ll continue to track the former Seminole as his professional career advances.

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