Aaron Murray – Quarterback
Height: 6’1 | Weight: 210 pounds | Georgia | Senior
Strengths: Murray is a good athlete and uses his feet well to buy time in the pocket. He stands strong in the pocket despite his overall height and is very poised with defenders coming at him. He has a strong enough arm to make every throw on the route tree. He has good pocket awareness and does a good job feeling the pass rusher coming from his blind side. He goes through his progressions well and will use dump off receiver if no one is open down field. He has very good instincts and can read and react to what the defense is doing very quickly. He has very good touch on down field passes and can put the ball where only his receiver can make a play on the ball. He is very good at fade stops and back shoulder throws putting very good zip on the ball. Has a very good knack for converting key downs into first downs. He uses his eyes well to move the safeties to create passing lanes downfield.
Weaknesses: Murray sometimes holds the ball to long which results in sacks. He does not have the prototypical size for the position and there is little concern that he may not be able to take the physical pounding. His competitiveness leads to him forcing passes sometimes that get intercepted instead of him throwing the ball away or just using his legs to pick up extra yardage.
Final Thoughts: Murray became the starter at Georgia as a redshirt freshman in 2010 and had immediate success passing for 24 touchdowns with only 8 interceptions thrown. Murray always keeps his eyes downfield, stands strong in the pocket, and delivers a very good catchable pass at a high percentage rate to his receivers despite being undersized. The next season in 2011 he showed that he could take on more responsibilities with the offense and responded by throwing 35 touchdown passes breaking the school record for touchdowns thrown in a season. He has the toughness, vision, and mobility to be a very good starting quarterback in the NFL. He has the leadership qualities you look for in a starting NFL quarterback along with very good accuracy. Murray displayed these traits throughout his final season at Georgia before suffering a knee injury at the end of the regular season. Several of his key starting offensive teammates missed most of the season with various injuries. He just kept stepping up to the plate and carried his team to several wins. He finished with 26 TD passes, 9 interceptions, but had 7 TDs rushing which was very impressive. If you would like an in depth look at Murray and how his rehab is coming along check out the web series on NFL.com “Pressure Points” sponsored by Gillette Deodorant. Also fans can take the “Gillette Deodorant Wonderlic Test” the first ever customized assessment of the Wonderlic test that NFL Draft hopefuls go thru on their way to the NFL. Six lucky fans who take the online test at www.GillettePressurePoints.com will win a state-of-the-art athletic training crash course at the EXOS training facility in Phoenix, Arizona, where some of the top players went to train for the NFL Combine. On Wednesday, March 5th,2014 I got a chance to talk with Murray through Ketchum PR. He said his rehab is on schedule and he should be ready for University of Georgia’s Pro Day in April. Murray also said that starting for 4 years and playing against some of the best defenses in the S.E.C. and perhaps the country has definitely prepared him for the next level. Murray should definitely be a steal for someone on draft day in May.