Aaron Murray knows that he is going to be drafted high in the 2014 NFL Draft, which is why he came back for his senior season.
He could have been a first-round pick this year because the quarterback class is not as strong as it has been in previous years. But when scouts evaluated Murray, they gave him a second-to-third round grade.
So Murray is out to prove that he is ready for the NFL, which means he will be looking to put up big numbers for the Bulldogs as well as win a lot of games.
Murray should be able to accomplish both feats and that will lead to him being the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
CBS Sports has Murray listed as the No. 3 quarterback prospect for the 2014 Draft behind Alabama’s A.J. McCarron and Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas. Rob Rang of CBS Sports says Murray has the athleticism and toughness, along with plenty of arm strength, to handle the jump to the NFL.
However, Rang also says that Murray is a little short and has to get better with his decision-making in order to separate himself from the rest of the quarterback prospects.
Murray will be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft because he will have a career year this upcoming season.
With their entire offensive line returning as well as the running back duo of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley, the Bulldogs will have an elite offense, which will lead to Murray putting up better numbers than he did last year.
In 2012, Murray threw for nearly 3,900 yards and 36 touchdowns, and that was good enough to make him second-best in the country in quarterback efficiency. There’s a really good chance he will throw for over 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns this season, which would open the eyes of every NFL scout.
If Murray has another strong season, that would mean the Bulldogs will also be having a good year, which is another reason why Murray will be the top pick in the 2014 Draft.
When looking at quarterbacks, scouts love signal-callers that know how to win. Murray had trouble winning games his freshman year as he led the Bulldogs to a 6-7 record. But the last two years have been a lot different. Murray has led the Bulldogs to two consecutive 10-win seasons and two consecutive trips to the SEC Championship game.
The final reason he will be a No. 1 pick is the fact he is already getting love from NFL experts, who have been saying that he has the tools to be a first-round pick.
Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said back in December that Murray would be a first-round pick if he stayed for another year. Kiper also said that Murray has been compared to Drew Brees because both players are accurate passers and lack height.
Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy said if he was the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, who have the first pick in the 2013 Draft, he would select Murray—no questions asked.
Whoever has the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft will more than likely need a quarterback.
Murray may not be the best prospect to come out of the 2014 class, but he will likely be the best quarterback on the board. That will leave the team with the No. 1 pick trying to figure out if Murray is a guy that can be be built around.
Based on what Murray did in Athens and his overall skill set, the team that has the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft will select him. And when that day comes, Murray will have a great chance to be one of the very few UGA quarterbacks to have a successful NFL career.