Aaron Murray’s Knee Recovering NicelyFebruary 23rd, 2014
Joe is on record saying a team is going to get a steal in the NFL draft with Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Pat Kirwan, the former Bucs scout, raved madly to Joe yesterday about Murray as a Russell Wilson-type of player for some lucky club.
The Tampa native — he was quarterback at Plant High School with James Wilder, Jr. in his backfield — was seen as a third round pick as his senior season was in its final weeks. Then, like some cruel joke, Murray blew out a knee and needed surgery.
That pretty much guaranteed Murray wouldn’t be picked before the fourth round. Murray showed up at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis mainly for the team interviews and medical testing. In his media session with the fourth estate, Murray spoke of his rehabilitation.
“I see Dr. [James] Andrews pretty much about every week,” Murray said. “Right now the knee is feeling awesome and fully expect come April 16, our Pro Day, I’ll be full-go doing everything out there for our Pro Day.
“If I want to be able to participate in Pro Day, I’ve got to grind. There’s no feeling sorry for myself. There’s no taking days off. It’s a challenge. But I always like a new challenge and I’ll face it head on. Like I said, we’re grinding every single day, no days off and right now we’re way ahead of schedule and it’s feeling great.
“I wish I could go out there and compete [at the combine]. Wish I could have played in the Senior Bowl, wish I could have done everything out here this week, but like I said, it’s a process. The recovery, I’ve got to trust in my doctors and know that I’m getting better, I’m getting stronger, and I’ll have to go out there and have an awesome Pro Day. And like I said earlier, I just try to take advantage of these meetings, these opportunities to meet with these teams and just show them that mentally I’m capable of handling this next level.”
When asked if his knee injury dropped his stock, Murray hoped out loud that his game tape against SEC defenses each and every week will reinforce to teams he can play quarterback — and keep them from being spooked too much about his knee.
Again, Joe thinks Murray, a four-year starter for the Bulldogs who finished with the most passing yards (13,166) in SEC history, is going to be a total steal. Since Bucs general manager Jason Licht has hinted he wants to stockpile quarterbacks, this is about as good of a low-risk/high-reward gamble as one can get.