The Georgia Bulldogs have something special in quarterback Aaron Murray, who is returning for his senior season in 2013. The 2014 NFL Draft is sure to be an interesting one (aren’t they all in some shape, form or fashion?), but Murray will be the highlight and he’ll be the new face of an NFL franchise and the next young passer to turn an ailing organization around.
Murray’s Bulldogs came up five yards short of the BCS National Championship game this past year, which is why Murray is coming back. Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron is coming back for a chance at a three-peat, which is very likely. But what isn’t likely is McCarron getting drafted before Murray, who could easily vault himself up the draft boards to as high as the No. 1 spot in 2014.
Of course, that depends on which team has the first pick and if they need a quarterback. In my book, the team picking first always needs a quarterback, so we’ll go that route for argument’s sake. If the Kansas City Chiefs stumble through new head coach Andy Reid‘s first season without a new quarterback, you better bet they will take one with their first pick in 2014 and will likely trade up if need be to take a franchise passer like Murray.
The Bulldogs’ senior signal-caller is as sure as they come and he’s likely to be even better after his final college campaign is complete. He’s cool and calm in the pocket with above-average arm strength, superb accuracy, a keen ability to progress through his reads quickly and the short-term memory loss necessary for a top-notch quarterback to succeed after critical mistakes. When you take a look at all the other options in the 2013 or 2014 NFL drafts, Murray sticks out like a sore thumb, but in a good way.