The Kansas City Chiefs selected Georgia QB Aaron Murray in the 5th round on Saturday, confirming rumors that the were interested in a quarterback.
Murray was a prolific passer for the Bulldogs, becoming the all-time leader in SEC passing yards (13, 166 with 121 TD), and winning MVP awards in all three of the bowl games in his career.
The 6-0 207 Aaron Murray is both undersized and lacks arm strength by NFL standards, but Murray is known as a game with great instincts and love for the game. This is a guy that gets in the gym and in the film room and puts in the work.
Many compare him to New Orleans Saints great Drew Brees because of similar size and ability to understand what is happening on the football field, but Murray lacks Brees arm strength.
It is interesting to note, however, that Aaron Rodgers developed his arm strength through exercise while sitting behind Brett Favre for three years in Green Bay. Chiefs GM John Dorsey has to be aware of Rodgers transformation since he was the personnel director in Green Bay during that time.
Murray is expected to compete with last year’s UFA quarterback Tyler Bray, who possesses ideal measurables at 6-5 with a cannon for an arm. Bray an Murray will likely lock up in a death struggle for the no. 3 job in Kansas City and will form an interesting contrast due to their conflicting strengths.
I like the pick, because the Bray/Murray battle for survival is likely to bring out the best in both QBs.
Aaron Murray’s accuracy and smarts seem like a perfect fit for a west coast offense. His intangibles, savvy, and being a draft pick should give him the edge over Bray, who has been dogged by questions about his off-the-field behavior his entire career.
Andy Reid and John Dorsey have continued their habit of drafting late-round developmental quarterbacks which they will then try to flip for valuable picks after working with them for a few years.