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Aaron Murray

Report Prepared By James MacPherson

Breakdown:

#11
Class: Senior
Height: 6'0 1/4"
Weight: 201 lbs.
School: Georgia
Bio:
  • Four year starter and co-captain
  • All-time SEC career passing TD leader
  • All-time SEC career passing yards leader
  • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist (2013)
  • Third-team All-American (2012)
  • 2013 Capital One Bowl MVP
  • 2013 stats:  3,075 yards, 26 TD and nine INT

**Tore his ACL late in the 2013 season

**Scouting report prepared by QB guru/former Wake Forest star QB James MacPherson

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Although Murray tore his ACL in November, he accepted an invitation to the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
  • Murray was in Mobile all week, going to meetings, standing at practice with the Jaguars coaching staff and being a part of the South team although he couldn't play.  That decision played well with the scouts in attendance.

 

Pros

  • Smart and accurate pocket passing, record setting quarterback.
  • A leader and the "glue" that held the Georgia offense together despite losing his top two WR's, top two RB's, and other offensive weapons throughout the season.
  • Put the offense on his shoulders and won games passing the football.
  • Extremely poised passer who made big throws on 3rd and 4th down all season.
  • Coaches praise his strong work ethic and weekly preparation.
  • Understands coverages and how to attack them.
  • Manipulates defenders with his eyes.
  • One of the best back shoulder go route passers in college football.
  • Capable of throwing the ball down field accurately.
  • Slides his feet and moves well in pocket.
  • Fairly quick release and gets the ball out on time. 
  • Able to adjust and make passes from different arm angles.
  • Decent foot speed, can make plays with his feet outside the pocket when necessary.
  • Operates in a pro-style offense
  • Excellent ball handler.
  • Fierce, tough competitior who hates to lose.
  • 65% completion percentage is misleading given the amount of drops by his wide receivers in 2013

Cons

  • A bit undersized for ideal NFL pocket passing quarterback.
  • Above average arm strength.
  • Bad habit of being stiff-legged, causing passes to lose velocity, under throwing deep balls and out routes.
  • Exhibits an elongated wind up release on deep throws on occasion
  • Bad habit of releasing the ball too low; passes are batted down at the line of scrimmage.
  • Straight ahead runner not a burner, lacks agility, cutting ability to make defenders miss.
  • At times does not sense or feel backside rush.
  • Takes some risks and throws into coverage downfield.

Film Room

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:11 Good 3rd Down out route pass on time, but dropped.
1:26  Great back shoulder fade throw for a TD.
1:59  Recognizes blitz hits inside slant hot throw.
2:17  Good pass accurately over the middle.
3:08  Big 4th Down completion on quick slant.
3:52  Recognizes blitz hits inside slant for TD.
5:53  Doesn't feel backside rush to step up and avoid in pocket.
6:43  Recognizes open middle takes off for a big run and big play.
7:20  Difficult throw, play fake flip hips throws timing deep out to left.
10:53 Back shoulder slant throw in tight coverage for tying TD.

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:34 Uses hard count get defenders offsides and makes a great back shoulder pass
:51 Smart enough to use dummy cadence to see blitz and re-direct pass protection
1:16 Excellent back shoulder throw for a Touchdown
3:24 Nice double post throw on time, while holding safety for a Touchdown.
4:14 Excellent go throw, dropped.
6:20 Gets out of pocket and makes a nice throw on the run on 3rd down.
6:35 Makes a pump fake and throws a nice back shoulder throw.
11:20 Looks off Middle LB and hits backside slant on a big 4th & 2.
13:16 Holds Safety for outside go route for Touchdown.

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:22  Stiff-legged underthrows quick out to the field.
:52  Uses hard count well to keep defense offsides and slow pass rush.
2:42  Scrambles to his left and makes Aaron Rodgers-type wrist flick pass for a TD.
3:42  Shows capable arm strength throwing deep post on the move for a strike.
4:04  Shows he has speed to keep DE's honest on zone read run for 11 yards.
6:37  Good play fake, takes check downs to RB's quickly.
7:28  Smart decision to throw the ball away in the red zone.
8:11  Great throw on 3rd & 11 backed up dropped by WR.
8:36  Stiff-legged under throws go route.
9:46  Stiff-legged under throws corner route.
10:15  Big 4th Down completion in tight coverage.
11:18  Pump fake and great touch pass over a defender for a TD.
13:17  Poor read takes a chance throwing corner route into soft coverage.

Report

After losing his starting tailback and several other players on offense at Tennessee, Murray put the offense on his shoulders and led his team to victory on the road against a fired up opponent and crowd.  Murray showed his leadership and poise making necessary, accurate throws consistently on 3rd & 4th downs, as well as making some impressive plays with his feet.  He also executed the two-minute drill well, driving his team down late in the 4th quarter for a tying TD with :08 left and an eventual overtime victory.
 
Murray really performed well against LSU's athletic defense.  He made some solid throws manipulating defenders with his eyes on double post for a TD holding the safety and also completing back side slant looking off MLB on 4th down.  He showed again that he's a competitor and is able to give his team a chance to win ball games.  
 
However, the Missouri game was perhaps his weakest performance of the year.  He gave up a sack fumble for a TD early, not sensing the backside rush.  As a result, Georgia was playing catch up most of the day.  His bad habit of being stiff-legged really cost him as he under threw and missed open receivers.  Even so, Murray still made some great plays including a nice Aaron Rodgersesque wrist flick pass rolling to his left for a TD to the RB.  However, he forced some throws into tight coverage resulting in interceptions and pass breakups, which probably was a result of playing from behind most of the game.  Given that, Murray was still competing and giving his team a chance until the end.

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