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Aaron Murray not tipping his hand on NFL

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If you’re a Georgia fan, and as expected, you’ll have to wait a bit longer before knowing whether one of the top quarterbacks in the country returns to Athens for another season.

As he redshirted his true freshman season in 2009, Aaron Murray was actually eligible for the NFL draft this past April.  Obviously, Murray stayed for his redshirt junior season and it has paid off for both the player and the team, with Murray leading the nation in passing efficiency and the Bulldogs two wins away from a likely spot in the BcS championship game.

With so much on the line over the next two-plus weeks, Murray’s not much inclined to think about his plans beyond 2012 much less address the situation publicly.

“I’ve had friends and everyone ask that,” Murray said Tuesday by way of Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald. “I’m like, ‘I don’t know.’ I’m not worried about that until after the season and then I’ll sit down with my family and make the best decision for myself and my future. I’m having too much fun right now.

“This season has been awesome. We still have so much ahead of us and so much excitement that I really don’t even have time to think about anything else. I’m just living in the moment.”

If Murray were indeed to come out, he’d likely be considered a top-five player at his position and a borderline lock as first-round pick prior to the pre-draft workouts.  He also might benefit and learn from Matt Barkley‘s experience in a somewhat similar position.

Last year, Barkley was widely viewed as a top-five overall selection — if not the overall No. 1 pick — if he had decided to leave USC with eligibility still remaining.  He returned to the Trojans for a final season that ended prematurely due to a shoulder injury and likely, at least in the short-term, hurt his draft stock with an up-and-down final season performance-wise.

Whether or not situations such as Barkley’s will or even should play a role at any level in Murray’s decision is open for debate.  What’s not?  Murray’s football future won’t be decided until the quarterback first takes care of some on-field business.

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7 Responses to “Aaron Murray not tipping his hand on NFL”
  1. bobulated says: Nov 20, 2012 10:03 PM

    Before people start saying Aaron Murray is the next Drew Brees, IMHO he is much more comparable to Colt McCoy; a very, very good college QB who might not quite have the arm and accuracy to overcome his *ahem* 6’1″ height.
    Also before people say “But he’s a 67% passer!” Look at his numbers vs teams with future NFL talent such as SC, UF, LSU and around the corner Bama and they aren’t nearly as good. I don’t think Murray is anything higher than 2nd-3rd talent at best.

  2. cowbulls says: Nov 20, 2012 11:27 PM

    If Aaron is indeed a 1st round pick then he should go to the NFL. However, if he is projected to go in the 2nd round or later then he should stay in school. Aaron is studying to get his Masters as he has already graduated. Another year of school and he could get his Masters or at least be really close. That would be a big deal for life after the NFL.

  3. gamustangdude says: Nov 20, 2012 11:43 PM

    @bobulated

    First of all stop contradicting yourself. You can’t use some of his numbers while ignoring others when trying to evaluate. Scouts dont look at records versus certain teams. they evaluate talent based on what they see on a consistent basis. You can’t equate college to NFL. Mediocre college QBs have turned out to be outstanding NFL QBs, likewise the opposite. We won’t know how he will perform in the NFL until he does. Last, trying to use ANY college defensive unit as evaluating critera for the NFL is just asinine. It’s night and day, some NFL talent on a team does not equal “a” NFL team. Just because he struggled against certain teams doesn’t necesarilly mean he’ll. struggle against NFL teams. You’re comparing apples and Oranges. There are plenty of other circumstances that attributed to the losses that may not necessarily exists in the NFL. (Struggling O-line, coaching, game plans, skill position players, etc). All we know is that he’s has some success in college. Will he be the first QB taken? No. But he will be taken in the second round, learn the game as a 2nd or 3rd string QB and hopefully get his shot. Luck didn’t play UF, LSU, Bama or SC. He seems to be doing just fine, as many others have.

  4. kozbee says: Nov 21, 2012 12:03 AM

    Murray can you see this $$$$$.Your having a great season and the next level is yours (NFL).Take a chance and get hurt you just might see just one dollar sign $.Millions waiting so go for the buck while your body is in #1 draft pick shape.At least if it were my son thats what i would tell him.Go pro and get rich quicker then having to work part of your life..

  5. hardballtalkusername says: Nov 21, 2012 4:31 AM

    “Last year, Barkley was widely viewed as a top-five overall selection — if not the overall No. 1 pick”

    There is no way he would have gone ahead of Luck or Griffin III.

  6. cleekk says: Nov 22, 2012 7:07 AM

    Oh, he should definitely go to the NFL. And while making his announcement, his very words should be that he prayed about the situation long and hard, and felt in his heart that he wanted to return for his senior season, but just couldn’t get past the Georgia Faithful egging his apartment after the SC loss – thus serving it up cold.

  7. atlsportingreports says: Nov 22, 2012 12:39 PM

    Reblogged this on atlsportingreports.

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