Nov 2, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) reacts as he throws the ball against the Florida Gators during the second half at EverBank Field. Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Florida Gators 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Davis: Aaron Murray is top 2014 NFL Draft sleeper


Former Georgia Bulldogs quarterback and all-time SEC passing leader Aaron Murray had his career ended prematurely with a torn ACL suffered in the team’s win against the Kentucky Wildcats and it’s that injury that has prevented him from working out at the recent NFL combine and why his draft stock is so low.

Murray is not going to hear his name mentioned with the likes of Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles when the top 2014 NFL draft quarterbacks are bandied about despite a legendary career in Athens, but NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Murray is the biggest sleeper in this draft.

“He’s a well-known player, having left Georgia as the SEC’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes after four years as a starter, but he’s recovering from a torn ACL he suffered late last season — he didn’t go through drills at the combine — and is likely to be a late-round pick. He’ll enter the league with plenty of experience against top competition, and he’s been a big-time producer. I thought he improved throughout his college career. His height (6-foot 3/8) will be held against him, but he has the makeup of a player that could surprise at the next level.”

Murray may benefit from ‘redshirting’ as a rookie and getting back to 100 percent, his rehab is progressing ahead of schedule, but learning the NFL ropes from the sideline and with a veteran presence ahead of him on the depth chart could be the best thing for his career in the long run and that’s what is likely to happen.

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