Mayock: Murray Probably A Third-Round PickMay 1st, 2014
Chucky’s second favorite QB in the NFL Draft, Aaron Murray, is steadily moving up team draft boards and NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock said this afternoon he expects Murray to be a third-round pick next week.
Speaking on his annual pre-draft conference call, Mayock made the claim along with all kinds of heavy praise for Murray’s intelligence, experience, readiness and ability.
Mayock said Murray and Johnny Football are the only two quarterbacks in the draft that can start effectively from Day 1 of 2014 NFL season. The rest of the QB class, per Mayock, would be best off having a “redshirt” season.
The main reason Mayock thinks Murray can start immediately? Because he “understands the game so much.”
The SEC all-time leading passer, Murray is a very interesting potential fit for the Bucs because he’s unlikely to be healthy enough (recovering from ACL surgery) to play in preseason and really be ready for 2014. That could make life very easy for the Bucs, and it’s likely making Murray more of a value pick.
Murray seems like an ideal candidate to hold a clipboard and study under Jeff Tedford and Josh McCown while healing and learning the NFL game. There would be little or no potential fan pressure to play Murray until late in the 2014 season.
Of course, the only reason the Bucs would draft a quarterback is if they believe the QB can take over the starting job and lead them to the Super Bowl. The Bucs don’t need a backup. They already have a good, inexpensive one in Mike Glennon — and a truly great backup in McCown.