Aaron Murray NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Chiefs QB

Ryan Lownes@@ryanlownesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2014

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 12:  Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs rolls out against the Missouri Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (HT: 6’0”, WT: 207 lbs)

Kansas City Chiefs

Fifth Round: 163rd Pick

NFL Comparison: Case Keenum, QB, Houston Texans

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  • Fairly accurate passer that throws with good placement between the hashes, displaying anticipation and timing. Shows impressive touch
  • Displays the ability to manipulate coverage with his eyes and body language, will look off defenders
  • Throws well on the move, keeping his eyes downfield and delivering accurately
  • Very good throwing mechanics with a smooth over-the-top delivery
  • Impressive footwork, quickly gets enough depth in his drop and transfers his weight as he throws
  • Above-average athlete with some scrambling ability. Has enough speed and agility to pick up first downs on the ground
  • Possesses the nimble feet to quickly elude pass-rushers, displaying functional mobility
  • Tough, competitive leader who can energize his teammates. Appears to have a high football IQ and will impress teams with his intangibles
  • Demonstrates the poise to stand in the pocket and deliver under pressure
  • Maneuvers the pocket, climbs and creates throwing lanes
  • Is not afraid to take shots downfield
  • An experienced four-year starting quarterback in the SEC who played in and won a lot of big games
  • Good play-action passer, sells fakes well
  • Identifies opportunities to throw to his receivers’ back shoulder
  • Extraordinary production in college football's toughest conference, has rewritten record books


  • Very small by NFL starting quarterback standards. Barely over 6’0” and 200 pounds, lacking the baseline measurables coveted by scouts and decision-makers
  • Torn ACL in November cut his senior season short, long-term durability concerns loom as he works to recover before the draft
  • Has a tendency to throw into traffic, often does not appear to see defenders sitting on his receivers’ routes. Questionable decision-making
  • Arm strength hovers around adequate, showing average velocity to the intermediate and deep portions of the field. Passes outside the numbers occasionally take a while to reach their intended target
  • Not a natural improviser. Is a rhythm passer that struggles a bit when plays break down, looking frantic at times
  • Does not throw a tight spiral, the ball often wobbles out of his hand. May be a consequence of below-average hand size
  • Can be late to recognize interior pass rush
  • Lack of height is concerning for a pocket passer. Drew Brees more of the exception than the rule. Occasionally has passes swatted down at the line of scrimmage
  • Inconsistent deep ball, has a limited throwing range and often underthrows his intended target. Struggles with accuracy throwing further than 40 yards
  • Not an explosive or dynamic runner, moves around well but lacks the straight-line speed of the NFL’s scrambling quarterbacks


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Personal Notes

  • Team captain 2012-2013
  • Capital One Bowl MVP 2013
  • Earned his undergraduate degree in psychology May 2012
  • Second team All-SEC 2011
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll 2011
  • All-SEC Freshman Team 2010
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll 2010
  • Redshirted 2009
  • Currently in graduate school studying industrial-organizational psychology


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After an unfortunate injury put a premature end to his prolific Georgia career, Aaron Murray faces an uphill climb to impress NFL evaluators. He did, however, give scouts plenty of tape to pick apart. A four-year starter that went on to set conference records in passing yards and touchdowns, he will go down as one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football history. But while he is an accurate passer with good mechanics and enough athleticism, his lack of size and arm strength are concerns. At the next level, he projects as a good backup with low-end starter potential in a West Coast offense.


Draft Projection: Fourth-Fifth Round


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