Even when you are a quarterback as accomplished during your college years as Aaron Murray, you could still have to fight for your life once you get to the NFL.
Murray, the Kansas City Chiefs fifth round draft pick, made some good impressions during the teams minicamp, and has had coaches and teammates talking about the same types of things that were hallmarks of his time at Georgia.
With the NFL training camps approaching, position battles are beginning to come to the forefront. In Kansas City, veteran quarterback Alex Smith is certainly the odds-on favorite to be the starter, but the role of backup QB has yet to be decided, with Murray apparently firmly in the mix, according to the Kansas City Star.
Murray, a fifth-round choice in this year’s draft, is likely a lock to make the team, even though he seems poised to spend this season learning Reid’s offense, just like Bray did a year ago. Like Daniel, he is 6 feet tall and isn’t the physical prototype of a quarterback like Bray is, but Murray possesses enough arm strength to throw it deep and has been praised for his intelligence and intangibles.
Seems not that long ago when Murray first took the field in Athens that the buzz was all about his work ethic, football intelligence, and other intangibles. Those things seemed to carry him pretty far in college, so perhaps the NFL will be just as kind.
Make no mistake, for a fifth round draft pick to be called “a lock” by a seasoned beat reporter is no small thing. That means that Murray is doing all the little things right.