Aaron Murray scouting report

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Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Measurables:

6'0", 207 lbs

40-YD Dash: 4.95 Unofficial (Murray did not run at the NFL Combine because of an ACL tear)

Stats:

2013: 26 TD, 9 INT, 3,075 YDS, 158.8 RAT, 86.1 QBR, 64.8 CMP% (Murray missed two games)

2012: 36 TD, 10 INT, 3,893 YDS, 174.8 RAT, 78.1 QBR, 64.5 CMP%

2011: 35 TD, 14 INT, 3,149 YDS, 146.4 RAT, 72.3 QBR, 59.1 CMP%

2010: 24 TD, 8 INT, 3,049 YDS, 154.5 RAT, 74.0 QBR, 61.1 CMP%

Awards:

2013: Finished his career with SEC career records for completions (921), passing yards (13,166), TD passes (121) and total offense (13,562), Second-Team All-SEC, Manning Award Finalist, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist, Maxwell Award Finalist, Davey O'Briend Award Finalist

2012: Third-Team All-SEC, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist, Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist

2011: First-Team All-SEC

2010: First-Team All-Freshman, All-SEC Freshman Team, SEC Academic Honor Roll

Analysis:

Last year before the 2013 NFL Draft, former Head Coach Tony Dungy had some nice things to say about Aaron Murray.

Dungy spent seven years working with Hall of Fame caliber quarterback Peyton Manning. If someone knows a lot about quarterbacks, it is Tony Dungy.

Aaron Murray was a four year starter in a pro-style offense at the University of Georgia. Because of his experience, Murray does all of the little things right. He has good, not great arm strength. He is very accurate and has a quick release. He throws deep balls with velocity and has a very tight spiral. Against the SEC, Murray completed 62.3% of his passes over his career for 13,166 yards and nearly three times as many touchdowns (121) as interceptions (41).

The only knock on Murray is his size. He is only 6'0" and 207 lbs which is small for a quarterback. With his height, Murray might have trouble seeing over offensive lineman in the NFL that are often 6'5" or taller. His small frame will leave him more prone to injury. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. Tom Brady only weighed 211 pounds at the 2000 NFL Combine. Teddy Bridgewater is regarded as a top-10 draft pick even though he is only listed at 214 pounds. Drew Brees has thrown for 5,000 yards four times, but is only 6-0. Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl last year despite his 5-11 frame. While great size is beneficial, it is not a necessity.

Aaron Murray is similar to Russell Wilson in that both would have likely been first round picks had they been three inches taller. Even with Murray's height, he was projected to be a second or third round selection. But after he tore his ACL against Kentucky, his draft stock dropped significantly. If he can fully recover from his injury, a fourth round pick would be a bargain for a player of his caliber.

For more Aaron Murray game film, visit his player profile at draftbreakdown.com

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