Oct 5, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) calls out a play against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Kansas City Chiefs Draft Grades: Aaron Murray

The Kansas City Chiefs have drafted a quarterback for the fourth time since 1998. Can Aaron Murray be more productive than Ricky Stanzi, Brodie Croyle, and James Kilian? Good Deity, I hope so.

Here are two reports on Murray as a quarterback prospect.

Rob Rang on Murray, who gave Murray an Andy Dalton comparison:

As one might expect given his playing time, Murray does many of the little things well. He has a quick set-up and delivery. He throws a tight spiral and is creative in the pocket, showing the ability to slide and re-set, as well as deliver passes from a variety of arm slots. He throws deep passes with velocity and good trajectory and can attack down the seam with excellent touch, as well.

He has starred in a pro-style offense for four seasons against elite competition and showed the mettle under fire as a senior to handle the leadership duties expected of a franchise field general.

Walter Football on Murray:

For the NFL, Murray has a quality arm and can make all the throws. He does well on touch passes and can pick up apart a defense when given time. Murray does have a good arm and some mobility, but he isn’t fast or athletic enough to be a dual-threat quarterback. 

Murray looks like an NFL backup. He is undersized and doesn’t have the physical athletic ability to make up for it. Murray doesn’t have a cannon for an arm or rare running ability. He also is prone to meltdown performances against good defenses. Murray can get flustered by the pass rush sometimes and seems to feel a lot of pressure. His height could be limiting his field vision as well. 

Aaron Murray’s selection probably means Chase Daniel or Tyler Bray are on the outs in Kansas City. Daniel will occupy $4.8 million in cap space in 2015 compared to Bray’s $589 thousand so it would seem Bray is the most likely to stay on the roster. There is also the chance Murray is put on the injured reserved list so as to keep all four of them for a year, although reports say Murray is good to go after recovering from ACL surgery.

The makeup of Murray would suggest he could be an effective quarterback in Andy Reid’s system. He’s very accurate, very smart, and has a history of great production in a league known for the being the best in college football. Production plus tools plus an excellent system fit should mean good things for Murray in Kansas City.

There are a few concerns here with injury and height, although quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Drew Brees would be good counters to those arguments. There is also the question if the Chiefs want two backups with zero career starts on their bench, a situation they had to deal with last season.

Overall, this selection gets a B- from me. The quarterback battle in training camp and the preseason is going to be fun to watch.

Now it is your turn, Addicts. What grade do you give the Aaron Murray pick?

How would you grade the selection of Aaron Murray?

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  • micah stephenson

    I vote A plus plus plus plus plus!!!! :-)

    • Leon Ritz

      I actually agree with Micah for once. I wanted this guy last year and he didn’t come out. I thought he was the second best QB eligible last year.

    • berttheclock

      Berbiglia says “Come on down”.

    • Michael Shaw

      So I guess you are happy finally!!! LOL!! I actually like the pick. Though I really thought Bray was our QB of the future, but I think Aaron Murray is a much better QB. Alex can play this year and I would bet Murray could take over next year.

  • micah stephenson

    Aww man! What if Murry is good and we only got to pay him min wage for 4-5 yrs?

  • Brady Warshawsky

    This was the QB I wanted last year had he declared. Instead he stayed in Georgia, and we got him cheaper a year later. Very pleased with this pickup.

  • Blaize Richardson

    Hopefully this means the end to Chase Daniel. We drastically over payed for him and he was downright terrible at times (especially the pre-season games). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Chase is the worst QB ever, just over payed with a low ceiling. Would rather keep Bray and Murray.

    • Stephen Wegren

      The word you want is overpaid.

  • Chris Tarrants

    We got a 1st round QB in the 5th round thanks to his injury and only bring 6 foot! I call that a freaking A +! This whole draft has been an A+. We got a QB eating machine in the first round, then a fast cover corner, a slot reciever/ return guy with the coolest nick name EVER, and two o lineman! This is most certainly one of the best drafts that I can remember as a chiefs fan

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Go watch Grudens QB special on Murray. He loves him. Very smart, accurate great pick. I dont have any qualms with any choices. I love Dee Ford and all you haters will be foolish once gr brings the heat. Deanthony was a gift from heaven. He will make us forget dmc. He will open up a ton of jet sweep and short pass/screens. Omg cant wait!! I think we can gey some good udfas as well.

  • BWrangler

    He does pull off a nice naked boot leg.

  • Blaize Richardson

    One thing to consider is that Aaron Murray isn’t just going to be handed a roster spot, because he was drafted. I truly believe he’ll have to earn it from either Bray or Daniel. Tyler Wilson was drafted in the 4th last year and he didn’t earn a roster spot for the raiders. Another example that more closely pertains to the Chiefs is the Packers 2008 draft. They selected Brian Brohm in the 2nd and Matt Flynn in the 7th, but It was Flynn who immediately got the backup job and it didn’t take long before the Packers released Brohm. I also wouldn’t be surprised if either Murray or Bray got the Tanney treatment and got IRed. Overall though I love this pick.