NFL Scouting Combine: Kyler Murray and Joe Hamilton a generation apart.

Tentative Combine workout schedule:
» GROUP 1: Friday, Mar 1: PK, ST, OL, RB 
» GROUP 2: Saturday, Mar 2: QB, WO, TE 
» GROUP 3: Sunday, Mar 3: DL, LB 
» GROUP 4: Monday, Mar 4: DB 

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The biggest news, so far, is Kyler Murray’s height. If you haven’t, yet, heard, he measured 5-10 1/8 — less than an inch shorter than Russell Wilson.

Kyler Murray standing tall between Dwayne Haskins (l) and Tua Tagovailoa (r).
Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

His hands measured 9 1/2 – again, bigger than anticipated.

Times have changed and everyone seems convinced that Murray will be a first round pick and a star in the making.

I remember when Joe Hamilton was coming out of Georgia Tech. As a senior in 1999, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, won the Davey O’Brien Award, and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing as the runner-up in the Heisman voting behind Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne.

Hamilton could throw it 50 yards and run like grease lightning. He was an exciting player to watch, not just for fans of the Ramblin’ Wreck, but for any college football fan. Much like Murray in 2018-2019.

Due to Hamilton’s lack of prototypical height for an NFL quarterback (standing just 5’10″/1.78 m), he fell to the 7th round of the 2000 NFL Draft before being selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In three years with the Buccaneers he only played four downs in a single regular-season game.

It’s interesting to look back at how much the game has changed in only one generation. Today, Murray will get an opportunity that, unfortunately, wasn’t available to Joe Hamilton a short 20 years ago.

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Another Combine interview worth checking out: Steve Keim, GM of the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals own the first overall pick. They have one pick in each of the first four rounds, plus four compensatory picks.

RELATED: Listen in to GM Steve Keim address various topics on Wednesday from the NFL Scouting Combine.

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To view the full list of prospects invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, click here.

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KEY DATES

The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis will begin on Feb. 26; the franchise-tag deadline is on March 5; free agency starts on March 13; and then the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, will run from April 25-27.

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