Aaron Murray – Quarterback
Murray is a 5th year senior and a four-year starter for Georgia. He has been highly productive with over 10,000 passing yards and 95 touchdowns going into the season. In Saturday’s game he completed 20 of 29 passes for 333 yards with no touchdowns and 1 interception. Though the stat sheet looked good I thought his play was average. He was unable to come up with the big play when it was needed. The best he looked all game was on the final drive in the last few minutes of the game when the game was out of reach for Georgia. It didn’t help that Georgia lost one of its best receivers for the game and season early in the game when junior Malcom Mitchell injured his knee.
Murray has adequate size for an NFL quarterback at 6-1 and 208. He plays from both under center and in a spread. He has good athleticism with good play speed and quick feet. When playing from under center he shows good setup quickness. When under center or in a spread he shows good feet and agility to move around in the pocket and keep plays alive. He has a good feel for pass rushers and does a good job stepping up in the pocket before he throws. He has good not great arm strength and he throws a tight catchable ball. In this game he showed he can make all the throws needed to play in the NFL, he just wasn’t consistent with those throws. On a number of short passes he was low and short with the ball.
Murray shows patience in the pocket and does a good job going through a progression. He can find secondary receivers and he has a quick release. He usually reads coverages well, but on one play early in the fourth quarter he misread a linebacker’s drop and threw an interception. This play basically took Georgia out of the game. He had another turnover when he fumbled while getting sacked.
I like the way Murray handles himself during a game. He shows poise and he is clearly in charge. Overall, except for ideal height, Murray has a lot of the tools needed to be successful in the NFL. He has a lot of experience against top competition and played in many “big” games. He is smart, agile and poised. Just off of this game I would say he is a legitimate third-round type but one game isn’t a season. With quarterbacks you have to study the whole body of work and that will include this season as well as last year. I will be watching Murray more as I get more tape.