Aaron Murray will get his NFL chance with the Kansas City Chiefs
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Throughout his time as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid has always known how to create offenses that would support productive, but physically unimposing, quarterbacks. From Ty Detmer to Jeff Garcia to Kevin Kolb to Alex Smith, Reid has proven that you don't need to be a star to be a stud in his show.
Reid will get another chance to prove this now that the Chiefs have selected Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray in the fifth round (163 overall) of the draft.
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Murray's tape won't blow you away, but he has been very productive at the NCAA level -- the 6-foot-1, 207-pound QB set SEC career-records for completions (921), passing yards (13,166), touchdown passes (121) and total offense (13,562 yards). Tony Dungy famously said in 2012 that were it his choice, he would take Murray with the first overall pick in the following draft, and he reiterated that conviction in March, when he insisted that Murray could have a Russell Wilson-style impact at the NFL level.
That may be a bit much, but Murray does have decent potential, and based on what he said about his ideal NFL team when asked about it at the scouting combine, the Chiefs should be a good fit.
"I guess first off, I want a coach that’s going to push me. I want someone that’s going to drive me every single day to improve my footwork, to improve my accuracy, to never be happy with where I’m at because I’m never happy with where I’m at. I’m always looking to find ways to improve. So, just finding a coach that wants to push me, to drive me. And pretty much at Georgia we ran a variety of different formations, spread, Pro I, play action, dropback, gun, so really I feel like I’m capable of playing any type of offense in the NFL just because, like I said, we were pretty diverse at Georgia.”
The Chiefs are currently involved in contract discussions with Alex Smith, so Murray could get his shot sooner in Kansas City than he would elsewhere.
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