Leonard: With the report that Kyler Murray is declaring for the NFL draft, the Giants quarterback conversation just got much more interesting

Kyler Murray reportedly is declaring for the NFL Draft, which thrusts the Heisman Trophy winner into the Giants’ quarterback conversation at No. 6. But it also — in a possibly far-fetched but not impossible scenario — could make Arizona Cardinals second-year QB Josh Rosen available to Big Blue, as well.

Here’s how: new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, whose team holds the No. 1 pick in April’s NFL Draft, said in October of Murray while coaching Texas Tech: “I’d take him with the first pick of the draft if I could.”

And on Wednesday night the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics, who drafted Murray ninth overall last year, expect Murray, 21, to declare for the NFL Draft this Sunday, citing multiple sources.

Kingsbury accepted the Arizona job with Rosen, 21, as his franchise quarterback and said Wednesday that “it’s hard to find a guy that throws it better.” So the idea of the Cardinals trading Rosen at this point is nothing more than speculation.

However, Kingsbury’s praise for Murray sure was eye-opening in a local video this past October.

“Kyle is a freak,” Kingsbury says in the video from @EricKellyTV on Twitter. “I’ve never seen (a quarterback) better in high school ... I’ve never seen him have a poor outing, not one ... I’d take him with the first pick of the draft if I could. I know he’s signed up to play baseball, but he is a dominant football player and I would take him with the first pick.”

Murray, still, while talented and explosive, is not the Giants’ type at quarterback — though they always could make an exception.

Murray is significantly undersized at 5-9, 185, much smaller even than Baker Mayfield (6-1, 215). And while the Browns’ No. 1 overall pick’s success as a rookie might quell teams’ reservations about short QBs, Mayfield wasn’t going to be the Giants’ guy last spring. So Murray probably won’t be theirs this year, either.

Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, 21, at 6-3, 220, would be much more the Giants’ speed if they take a QB at No. 6. And even Duke’s Daniel Jones (6-5, 220) and Missouri’s Drew Lock (6-4, 225) have the Giants’ preferred size.

“I fancy guys that are tall,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said before last year’s draft of quarterback height. “You can see. Some of us are challenged in terms of height, so even in a setting like this (press conference), you’re trying to find sightlines. It’s no different for a quarterback when he is behind a very tall offensive line. All else being equal, as long as all the skill sets are equal or maybe even a little better than equal, guys that can see have a chance to be very good.”

Murray is coming off an explosive second season at Oklahoma, completing 69 percent of his passes for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed 140 times for a stunning 1,001 yards and 12 more TDs.

Haskins, meanwhile, went off in his first year as Ohio State’s starter by completing 70 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards, 50 TDs and eight interceptions. He added 104 rushing yards and four TDs on the ground.

Duke’s Jones completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards, 22 TDs and nine INTs, plus 319 rush yards and seven TDs rushing. And Lock delivered on 62.9 percent of his passes for 3,498 yards, 28 TDs and eight INTs, plus 175 yards and six TDs rushing.

As for Rosen, who went No. 10 overall to Arizona last year, the Giants fully vetted him last year but are believed to have preferred USC’s Sam Darnold to the UCLA product. In the end, though, they drafted Penn State running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2.

Rosen, 21, experienced plenty of growing pains as a rookie in Arizona but was playing behind a beat-up offensive line on a team that fired its first-year coach Steve Wilks. Rosen is intelligent, has a great arm, and moves well enough to navigate the pocket but, like all of these young QBs, is still developing.

If Murray declares for the NFL Draft, he still can decide to play baseball over football. But The Chronicle reported that the outfielder would be due to report with A’s position players on Feb. 15 in Mesa, Ariz., and of course if Murray chooses football, he would be expected to participate in the annual NFL scouting combine beginning Feb. 26 in Indianapolis.

The Giants will have competition for quarterbacks at the top of the draft from at least the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 7 and Denver Broncos at No. 10, who both could trade up to get their man. Of course, GM Dave Gettleman constantly says he believes in taking the best player available, too, so it’s possible - even likely, perhaps - that he doesn’t go QB at No. 6 at all.

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