Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray isn’t one of the top prospects in his draft class, but he’s a name many know from his collegiate career and he’s being mentioned frequently in draft news.
First, NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger mentioned that he believes that Murray will have the best career out of this class of quarterbacks, per NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread.
Of course, Baldinger made sure to point out that Murray isn’t better than Manziel or Bridgewater right now, but he may go to a situation with less pressure to develop quickly, allowing him time to get comfortable at the pro level.
Then, Scouts Inc.’s Kevin Weidl had some very positive things to say about Murray as well (subscription link). Weidl points out that while he lacks ideal measurables and tore the ACL in his right knee last season, he did a great many things to improve. He's improved accuracy and ball placement, as well as gained better composure in what Weidl termed “big moments” such as fourth-quarter comebacks against LSU and Tennessee.
Finally, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter wrote that there were a dozen teams interested in Murray—Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Arizona, Minnesota, New Orleans, St. Louis, Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, Oakland, Tennessee and Kansas City.
I’ve long felt Murray might be a guy who could be a gem worth waiting for if teams were willing to be patient with him and wanted to go another direction early. I’m especially intrigued by franchises such as Jacksonville, Arizona, Minnesota and Cleveland that have what I would call a “caretaker” quarterback to lean on while Murray develops and heals that ACL.
Ledbetter says that teams were impressed that, despite being hurt, he went to the Senior Bowl and combine.
It seems like all this news is pointing to a player “on the rise” heading toward May.