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Aaron Murray impresses Jaguars coach Gus Bradley at Georgia's pro day

Seven Jacksonville representatives among contingent in Athens

Posted: April 16, 2014 - 9:49pm  |  Updated: April 16, 2014 - 11:16pm
Quarterback Aaron Murray works out for NFL scouts during Georgia's pro day on Wednesday in Athens, Ga.     John Bazemore/Associated Press
John Bazemore/Associated Press
Quarterback Aaron Murray works out for NFL scouts during Georgia's pro day on Wednesday in Athens, Ga.

ATHENS, Ga. | Aaron Murray had something to prove Wednesday.

Only 141 days after the quarterback underwent surgery for a torn ACL, Murray provided a fresh reminder that he still knows how to sling the ball around.

Murray completed 48 of 54 scripted passes on a breezy pro day at Georgia’s practice fields.

“Hopefully after today, we’ll start hearing some more noise,” Murray said. “Just showing to everyone that I’m ready to go.”

The 6-foot-1/2 inch, 204-pound Murray and 14 other former Georgia players worked out in front of representatives of 23 NFL teams. The NFL draft is May 8-10.

Six teams had asked Murray for private workouts, visits or both before Wednesday.

“I think I’ve shown everyone they don’t have to worry about my injury,” Murray said. “It’s not going to stop me from being able to compete this year. Now it’s just a matter of what teams like me and what teams don’t and who’s willing to draft me.”

The Jaguars’ Gus Bradley was the only head coach in attendance. The Jaguars had seven people from the organization on hand, including offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo. The Jaguars staff coached at the Senior Bowl, where Murray spent a few days around the South team, even though he wasn’t playing.

“We have, as much as you can, a good feel for his personality, his competitiveness,” Bradley said. “That’s off the charts. Then to see how fast he came back and how he’s doing it and the drills that he did, very impressive. ... The big thing was to see how he’s progressed through that injury and how he’s come back. If nothing else, it shows how competitive he is. To come back from an injury like that, I think it just reassured us of what we thought we already knew.”

Murray said he had no hesitation making his throws, running and cutting before an audience for the first time since he injured his left knee against Kentucky on Nov. 23. It cut short the college career of the Southeastern Conference’s leader in passing yards (13,166) and touchdown passes (121).

Aside from Scelfo, three other quarterbacks coaches — Wade Wilson (Dallas), Zac Taylor (Miami) and Frank Cignetti (St. Louis) — were present.

Murray’s parents, sister and girlfriend watched, along with former Georgia players A.J. Green, Shawn Williams, David Greene and Dennis Roland.

Terry Shea, who worked with former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford before his NFL combine, ran Murray’s throwing session.

“It was a very ambitious script, in my opinion, because we moved him around so much,” Shea said. “That was paramount because we wanted to demonstrate his health, that he’s 100 percent healthy, and I believe he obviously answered those questions.”

Murray threw mostly to receivers Rantavious Wooten, Rhett McGowan, tight end Arthur Lynch and running back Brandon Harton and took snaps from Chris Burnette.

“I had a blast,” Murray said. “It’s officially now my last time throwing on this field, really.”

Added Lynch: “I think Aaron did a good job. Obviously, there were some drops out there, but I thought all the balls were on the money. For a guy who had surgery four months ago, he showed that his knee was strong, and he didn’t lose any athleticism. If anything, he probably got stronger. He’s in really good shape.”

It wasn’t quite the frozen tundra of Green Bay, but the day began with a freeze warning. It climbed into the 50s while Murray was throwing in the late morning.

It should be a much smaller draft class for the Bulldogs than last year, when eight players were taken, including four in the top 84 led by first-round draft picks Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree.

No Georgia player is listed in the NFL Network’s top five players by position.

That includes Murray, who is currently considered a third-day choice, perhaps in the fourth round.

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sclark 04/17/14 - 01:26 pm
Premium Member

Henne would be better with a

Henne would be better with a better OL and better weapons (anyone is better than Robinson, for example). I do not think he would improve to the point of being a good qb, middling might be the best we could ever expect. He throws too low and make some bad decisions and did the same at Miami. I like him to be the starter, if he's better in training camp, but then gradually work in AJ McCarron (my dream pick in the 2nd round). Watkins or Clowney are my dreams at #3.

Jag Cynic DeVille
Jag Cynic DeVille 04/17/14 - 09:09 am

23 teams were represented,

23 teams were represented, six had asked for visits and w/o prior to ...

This means six teams may well be in the hunt for a QB first or second round. This means 23 teams would, if at the right spot, take a QB. This means, if like I believe, Murray is considered a top 3, by just 3 of the six teams mentioned above, He could go before #25, 1st round.

So maybe trade to #8, then to #20-23 and take Murray. 2nd and 3rd take Center and WR. Otherwise, Murray, Carr and Bortles may well be gone.

Jag Cynic DeVille
Jag Cynic DeVille 04/17/14 - 08:43 am

Henne was a 59% completion

Henne was a 59% completion rate passer at Michigan. About the same at Miami. Here in 2012 he was 53.9 and '13, 60.6. In 19 starts here he has 64 sacks (over 3 per game). In TD's 55, to 62 Interceptions in the NFL.
A knee injury in college, a knee injury in the NFL and a season ending dislocated shoulder at Miami. Some of these facts/stats can be explained and even blamed on other players at Miami and here. What can't be explained away is the lack of wins by an NFL QB. Routinely an NFL QB is traded off because of two losing seasons, and many after one losing season and 4 games.
64 sacks, 62 picks, only 3 ypc and 3 rushing TD's in 61 NFL games played. You can't blame somebody else for QB performance. Had the play calling been what Denver's was for Tebow....

Davethecaveman 04/17/14 - 07:55 am

RevivedTeal-----Man, I sure

RevivedTeal-----Man, I sure hope you are correct on Henne. If the guy can just get his slinging raised over the defender's out stretched arms instead of getting it slammed back into his face, his completion percentage would definitly spike up. Those batted balls are definitly 3rd down killers. Having Luke back with Beadles in there will definitly help.

Jag Cynic DeVille
Jag Cynic DeVille 04/17/14 - 07:33 am

Murray won't be there in the

Murray won't be there in the 4th round. He is a top 3 QB in this draft IMO, right behind Carr and Bortles. However, as a high to mid second round pick, he'd have as good a chance to be a franchise QB as the ones I prefer. The biggest factor will be if he is Plan B at QB this year. If he is, it will be the Blaine Gabbert story all over again. The NFL is faster and harder hitting, something a QB must ease into. Our roster has too many holes on offense to worry about getting two QB's in this draft.

The focus at the QB position should be in getting a Plan B, which could be a Plan A if: Henne doesn't win the starting job, Henne gets hurt...
Otherwise, the pressure begins for the rookie in camp. Pressure to get the playbook memorized, the timing with WR's down, and much more. You don't want a rookie QB to have to be plan B. I said this before Blaine ever started here, knowing DG was going to get cut. I told you, here, what would happen. It did. Now, another team has him and he may well be OK, in two years.

We need THE VETERAN QB here as a Plan B (or A). How many teams have cut Henne? Why? If you think he'll start 16 games then you are dreaming. Odds are greater that he'll go down before 6 games are complete. I will say 4 games and Henne will show up on IR, watch. Why? Lack of experienced players on offense, lack of a veteran RB (blocking) with any real game # reps, lack of a solid WR corp ( #1), lack of experience on a new OL. Everything, if Jedd's playbook, is against Henne making it to mid season w/o a season ending injury.

Sell tickets. Sell Jerseys. Sell Luxury Boxes. Win games. Give opponents something to prepare for and fear. JUST DO IT!

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