Vikings Draft Targets: Aaron Murray Throws at Pro Day


Nov 23, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) leaves the field injured against the Kentucky Wildcats during the second quarter at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

As we continue to sift through all the quarterback prospects throwing and working out and taking visits during this interminable pre-draft process, let’s not forget about Georgia QB Aaron Murray.

The Vikings certainly have not forgotten about Murray. In fact, Minnesota reportedly has a scout on hand as Murray goes through his pro day workout this fine Wednesday morning (per Robbie Rosenhaus via Master Tesfatsion).

Breaking down Murray as a potential pro quarterback…he certainly doesn’t leap out at you the way some other guys do.

He doesn’t have the arm talent of a Derek Carr or a Tom Savage. He doesn’t have the dynamic playmaking skills of a Johnny Manziel. He doesn’t have the “looks like a franchise QB, gosh darn it” factor of a Blake Bortles.

What does he have? Moxy.

And polish. And scouts like his accuracy and touch.

They don’t like him a ton, which is why he only projects as maybe a third or fourth round pick, but they like him.

Perhaps the biggest negative on Murray is size. He’s only about a six footer, and there are the usual concerns about his ability to hold up physically. He has had injury problems in the past, and that will scare some teams away you have to think.

To me, Murray looks like a fall back option at best. If it’s the third round and you still haven’t gotten a QB? Maybe you look at Murray. Or maybe you wait until the late rounds and take a pure project like Garrett Gilbert or Logan Thomas.

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