Round 5, Pick No. 163: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Aaron Murray’s surgically repaired ACL made him a Day 3 draft pick, but his talent is superior to his fifth-round designation. Former head coach Tony Dungy agrees, claiming that if it weren’t for the passer’s aforementioned injury, he could’ve been the top-rated quarterback of last season’s draft.
At 6’1″, Murray stands just an inch or so taller than Chase Daniel, so lackluster height will always be micro-analyzed when things go awry. Pocket pressure, at times, also derails his normally sound decision-making.
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However, he comes equipped with a quick release, and his arm strength, while not spectacular, is severely underrated. He also has a knack for touch passes, especially back-shoulder fades.
Pros and cons aside, Murray toppled SEC records for career completions, passing yards and touchdown passes. He excelled against the best that college had to offer and did so in a pro-style offense—not a gimmicky offshoot.
It’s still premature to deem him a future starter or backup, but his upside easily warrants the selection.