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NFL Draft: Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron finally drafted

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Two of the top quarterback from the SEC over the last few years not named Johnny Manziel finally saw their draft wait come to an end. Fittingly enough, Georgia’s Aaron Murray and Alabama’s AJ McCarron ended up going on successive picks.

The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Murray, a record-setting passer for Georgia coming off an ACL injury, with the 163rd overall pick in the fifth round. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has been known as a bit of a quarterback coach during his career so the pairing with Murray could be a good fit for a team that could use some stability under center. Whether Murray can offer that remains to be seen but Reid could be setting up a great situation for the former Georgia quarterback. Expect Murray to be more likely to be a success under Reid like Donovan McNabb instead of a complete failure the way Kevin Kolb was in Philadelphia.

The next pick in the draft saw the Cincinnati Bengals pick up McCarron. The three-time national championship quarterback came under some scrutiny for how he has handled himself this offseason leading up to the draft and now he will look to prove something with the Bengals. McCarron will continue being division rivals with Manziel of Texas A&M, who was selected in the first round by the Cleveland Browns.

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger is still on the board.

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10 Responses to “NFL Draft: Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron finally drafted”
  1. chunkala says: May 10, 2014 4:58 PM

    I’m certainly no Georgia or Aaron Murray fan but I just feel that he has a much better chance of success since he played in a real conference against real defenses (I.e. players who are actually being drafted). That’s why I find the picks of Bortles, Bridgewater, and especially Carr, to be absolutely pointless. Carr played no one, I just can’t see him succeeding.
    The only exception is if the player in question is a physical freak like BenRoeth.

  2. face21000x says: May 10, 2014 5:16 PM

    And Phillip rivers and Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady and tony romo

  3. woebegong says: May 10, 2014 6:53 PM

    Murray can develop into a complete QB under Reid’s guidance. He is a bright young man, with a positive attitude and he knows how to play the position.
    McCarron, played under a very good system at Alabama, and won two, not three BCS championships. He is a good field general as well, but had a lot of tools to work with there. Murray, had to do a lot with a lot less, and due to poor line work, took a lot of hits, but he always seemed to be able to get up and go again. He is one tough kid.
    If these two can stick with a team in the NFL over the next few years, it will be interesting to watch them grow and I think become pretty serviceable QB’s in the future.

  4. Deb says: May 10, 2014 7:00 PM

    As a Bama fan, I know what AJ brings to the table talentwise–and appreciate that he kept his enormous ego in check while playing for the Tide. I’m sure Nick had some influence there. Too bad Saban couldn’t keep him reined in until after the draft because he probably would have gone higher. For the sake of his future development, I’d rather have seen him in KC with Reid–but maybe that’s just the Steelers fan in me not wanting him in Cincy. Clearly, the Chiefs preferred to gamble on Murray.

    AJ’s not flashy, but in the right environment he could be a solid NFL performer. What Dalton does going forward will help determine whether Cincinnati is the right environment. But the AFCN can be a punishing division for quarterbacks.

  5. Deb says: May 10, 2014 7:01 PM

    @chunkala …

    Bortles is built like Roethlisberger–of course, that doesn’t mean he has Ben’s arm or freakish ability to shake off defenses. I didn’t watch UCF ball and can’t comment on his abilities, but Bortles seems to have impressed the draft gurus.

  6. muencht says: May 10, 2014 8:03 PM

    I don’t know much about Murray — UCF is not a top-level school. Murray will be a backup QB @ KC unless a recent rumor is true … that Alex Smith wants to “escape” Kansas City! I have only heard this rumor once. Don’t know if it’s true. Can’t believe it.

    Alex Smith is one of my favorites. He was having a great year w/ SF until he was injured and the niners replaced him w/ “Kraperneck”. Now KC doesn’t want to pay Alex what he’s worth? Deplorable.

  7. HeatCheck says: May 10, 2014 10:47 PM

    And Kaepernick. And Flacco.

    Brett Favre still count?

  8. cri33 says: May 10, 2014 10:57 PM

    muencht says:..one season with KC and it sort of looks like both Reed and Smith are ready to part company. But what IS Smith worth? $8mil? $10mil? $12 mil? $14 mil? I hate to say it but as much as I like Smith I don’t see him making more than $8-12 mil as a starter (that if IF he starts). If he wants some stability in his life and doesn’t want to go all over the country looking for a team what will give him a chance as a starter then he has to settle for what a team is willing to pay him, not for what he feels he is worth. Lets face it, most people feel they are worth more than they probably are, and that extends to other types of jobs outside of pro football.

  9. chinahand11 says: May 10, 2014 11:12 PM

    And Joe Montana and Johnny U. Too old?

  10. 1509lucky says: May 11, 2014 10:01 PM

    chunkala | May 10, 2014, 1:58 PM PDT

    I’m certainly no Georgia or Aaron Murray fan but I just feel that he has a much better chance of success since he played in a real conference against real defenses (I.e. players who are actually being drafted). That’s why I find the picks of Bortles, Bridgewater, and especially Carr, to be absolutely pointless. Carr played no one, I just can’t see him succeeding.
    The only exception is if the player in question is a physical freak like BenRoeth.

    Explain Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick? I’ll wait……..

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