SEC Championship 2012: Aaron Murray's Performance Will Dictate NFL Draft Stock

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 30, 2012

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 17: Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Sanford Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is a decent NFL prospect right now. If he can lead the Bulldogs to a win over No. 2 Alabama in the SEC championship, his draft stock will rise.

He's only a junior, and at 6'1", some scouts may have questions about his ability to perform in the NFL. Alabama's defense is one of the closest comparisons to the athletes Murray would see at the next level.

Shining against them would make a statement about his ability to excel against great players. Murray hasn't exactly done that against top competition this season, though.

Against Florida on October 27, Murray completed just 12 of 24 passes and threw three interceptions. On October 6, he completed only 11 of 31 passes for 109 yards, no touchdowns and one interception against South Carolina. 

If Georgia is going to win, Murray will have to be great.

To beat Alabama, it has been proven that a team must have strong quarterback play. Texas A&M got that—and then some—from Johnny Manziel on November 10. The super freshman completed 24 of 31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

He ran for an additional 92 yards as well.

When LSU pushed Alabama to the brink on November 3, Zach Mettenberger completed 24 of 35 passes for 298 yards. The key in both performances was the completion rate and eliminating turnovers.

Murray is capable of that type of production. In the last four weeks, he has completed 74 percent of his passes and thrown 13 touchdown passes with no interceptions. If he can stay hot, the Bulldogs have a good chance to win the SEC championship.

Why stop there?

The SEC champion will be the favorite over Notre Dame heading into the BCS championship, and the Irish represent another stellar college defense.

If Murray strings together two solid performances—against two of the best defenses in the country—he'll see his stock sore into the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.

It will be difficult to keep Murray on campus in this scenario.

 

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