Aaron Murray isn’t being mentioned in the same breath as likely first round picks at quarterback like Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater, but NFL Network analyst and 13-year NFL veteran Brian Baldinger thinks the former Georgia Bulldogs signal-caller is going to be the best career of the quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL draft.
“I like Manziel, but I think he’s going to get hurt. I think Bridgewater is going to go to a bad team. I think he’s the best quarterback right now, but the question was, who is going to have the best career,” Baldinger said. “I just think a guy like Aaron is probably going to go to a team where they may not need a quarterback (immediately). Where he goes, there may be no pressure.”
Murray is recovering from a torn ACL he injured late in the year against the Kentucky Wildcats and was unable to workout for teams at the NFL combine which has many believing Murray will not be drafted until the third day (rounds 4-7), but his wealth of experience in college will prove to be extremely beneficial according to Baldinger.
“Most of the great quarterbacks in this league right now, whether it’s Manning, Rivers or Brees, they played a lot of college games,” Baldinger said. “And this guy played as many as anybody in the country. … When I watch him, he looks as good as anybody. He’s got a good arm, he snaps the ball off, he’s smart. He’s probably going to get underdrafted in the fourth-round type range, where there is no pressure to play.”
Those are three great quarterbacks to be mentioned in the same sentence and I would include Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson who played in 50 games in college before winning a Super Bowl in his second season.
The best thing to happen to Murray may be that he sits for his rookie season, perhaps his second one as well, and learns the NFL and the playbook before being thrust into playing similar to Aaron Rodgers who sat for three years before winning a Super Bowl and an MVP.