Posted: 12:16 am Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

NFL combine: Murray projected as mid-round pick by Kiper 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Former SEC quarterbacks Aaron Murray (Georgia), Zach Mettenberger (LSU) and Connor Shaw (South Carolina) head up a list of 24 players with Georgia ties invited to the NFL scouting combine, which will run Feb. 19 through 25 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Last season, there were 29 players with Georgia ties invited.

In 2012, there were 26 players invited.

In 2011, a total of 31 players, including No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, were invited.

Murray, Mettenberger and Shaw are all considered backup NFL quarterback prospects by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. Murray and Mettenberger are projected to be selected in the middle rounds of the NFL draft, which is slated for May 8-10, and Shaw in the seventh-round or signed as a priority free agent.

They will have a chance to improve their draft status at the combine and in their Pro Day and individual team workouts before the draft.

Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is recovering from knee surgery and will take part in the off-the-field portions of the2014   NFL Scouting Combine.  (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is recovering from knee surgery and will take part in the off-the-field portions of the2014 NFL Scouting Combine. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

A team like the New York Jets may be interested in Murray, who’s coming back from a knee injury. Kiper was asked about the New York Jets and quarterback Geno Smith. He thought it would be prudent for the Jets to draft more help for Smith and then take a quarterback prospect as insurance.

“I would take a quarterback in the third or fourth round, whether if you are looking at Jimmy Garoppolo from Eastern Illinois, or … Zach Mettenberger from LSU, who’s coming off the injury or… Aaron Murray, who’s also coming off an injury with Georgia or David Fales from San Jose State.

“I would look at a quarterback in the third, fourth or fifth rounds just as insurance. I would use the early rounds to help out Geno Smith and let him have some weapons around him, which would assist in his development.”

The top quarterbacks in the draft are Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles.

“When you talk to people in the league, (Manziel’s) kind of the consensus No. 1 quarterback,” Kiper said. “Bortles and Bridgewater, there is a mixed opinion on them.”

Here are the players with locals ties on the official list of invitees to the 2014 NFL scouting combine.

Jerry Attaochu (OLB), Georgia Tech: NFLDraftScout.com rates Attaochu as the eighth best outside linebacker and projects that he’ll be drafted in the second or third round.

Chris Boyd (WR), Vanderbilt (Roswell): NFLDraftScout.com has Boyd rated as the 56th best wide receiver in the draft and projects that he’ll go undrafted.

J.C. Copeland (FB), LSU, LaGrange (Troup County): NFLDraftScout.com has Copeland rated as the second best fullback and projects that he’ll be selected in the sixth round.

Isaiah Crowell (RB), AlabamaState (UGA, Columbus Carver High): NFLDraftScout.com has Crowell rated as the 26th best running back in the draft and projects that he’ll go undrafted.

Darqueze Dennard (CB), Michigan State, (Twiggs County High): ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projects in his latest Mock draft that Dennard will go 24th in the first round to the Cincinnati Bengals. NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang has Dennard rated as the 11th best player in the draft.

Adrian Hubbard (LB), Alabama (Norcross): NFLDraftScout.com has Hubbard rated as the 12th best outside linebacker and projects that he’ll be drafted in the fourth round.

Ja’wuan James (OT), Tennessee (North Gwinnett High): NFLDraftScout.com has James rated as the 11th best tackle in the draft and projects that he’ll go in the third or fourth round.

Storm Johnson (RB), Central Florida, (Loganville High): NFLDraftScout.com has Johnson rated as the 19th best running back in the draft and projects that he’ll be drafted in the sixth or seventh round.

T.J. Jones (WR), Notre Dame, (Gainesville): NFLDraftScout.com has Jones rated as the 20the best wide receiver in the draft and projects that he’ll be selected in the fourth or fifth round.

Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt, (Stephenson High): NFLDraftScout.com has Ladler rated as the sixth best free safety and projects that he’ll be drafted in the fourth or fifth round.

Richie Leone (P), Houston (Roswell High): NFLDraftScout.com rates Leone as the fifth best punter in the draft and projects that he’ll be drafted in the seventh round or be signed as a free agent.

Arthur Lynch (TE), Georgia: NFLDraftScout.com has Lynch rated as the sixth best tight end and projects that he’ll be drafted in the fourth round.

Jerick McKinnon (RB), Georgia Southern, (Sprayberry High): NFLDraftScout.com has McKinnon rated as the 17th best running back and projects that he’ll be selected in the sixth or seventh round.

Zach Mettenberger (QB), LSU (Oconee County High): NFLDraftScout.com has Mettenberger rated as the seventh best quarterback in the draft and projects that he’ll be selected in the third or fourth round of the draft.

Aaron Murray (QB), Georgia: NFLDraftScout.com has Murray rated as the eighth best quarterback in the draft and projects that he’ll be selected in the fourth round of the draft.

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: The Suwanee, Ga., native tied for the Buckeyes' team lead with three interceptions. Roby (1) also blocked a pair of kicks. He paced the defensive backs with 13 pass break-ups this season. (By Gregory Shamus.)

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: The Suwanee, Ga., native tied for the Buckeyes’ team lead with three interceptions. Roby (1) also blocked a pair of kicks. He paced the defensive backs with 13 pass break-ups this season. (By Gregory Shamus.)

Bradley Roby (CB), Ohio State (Peachtree Ridge): Kiper projects that Roby will go 31st in the first round to the Denver Broncos. NFLDraftScout.com rates Roby as the fifth best cornerback in the draft and projects that he’ll go in the second round.

Connor Shaw QB, South Carolina (Flowery Branch High): NFLDraftScout.com has Shaw rated as the 11th best quarterback in the draft and projects that he will be drafted in the sixth round. Kiper projected the seventh round or priorty free agent.

Marcus Smith (DE), Louisville, (Columbus Hardaway): NFLDraftScout.com has Smith rated as the seventh best defensive end and projects that he’ll go in the second or third round of the draft.

Telvin Smith, (LB), Florida State (Lowndes): NFLDraftdScout.Com has Smith rated as the sixth best outside linebacker and projects that he will get drafted in the second round.

Jamea Thomas, CB, Georgia Tech: NFLDraftScout.com has Thomas rated as the eighth best free safety and projects that he’ll be selected in the sixth round.

Stephon Tuitt (DE), Notre Dame, (Monroe): ESPN draft Analyst Todd Mcshay has Tuitt being selected 31st in the first round by the New England Patriots. Rang has Tuitt rated as the 14th best player in the draft.

Lavelle Westbrooks (CB), Georgia Southern (Riverdale): NFLDraftScout.com has Westbrooks rated as the 29th best cornerback in the draft and projects that he’ll get selected in the sixth or seventh round.

Albert Wilson (WR), Georgia State: NFLDraftScout.com has Wilson rated as the 45th best wide receiver in the draft and projects that he’ll go undrafted.

David Yankey (G), Stanford, (Centennial High): NFLDraftscout.com has Yankey ranked as the top guard in the draft and projects that he’ll go in the first or second round.

(Feel free to drop us a note if we’ve missed any Georgia players. We will monitor the additions to the original invite list, too.)

43 comments
RX
RX

Murray won't go until the 6th round...where the Falcons will take him.

starter
starter

At the combine they will check Murray's ability to hold a clip board and wear a baseball cap. This is about all he will do in the NFL. Following in the footsteps of Shockley and David Greene.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

79 NFL Draft Picks Bulldogs Mark Richt era :



Jarvis Jones


Alec Ogletree


John Jenkins


Shawn Williams


Sanders Commings


Tavarres King


Cornelius Washington


Bacarri Rambo


Cordy Glenn


Ben Jones


Orson Charles


Brandon Boykin


Blair Walsh


Justin Anderson


DeAngelo Tyson


A.J. Green


Justin Houston


Akeem Dent


Clint Boling


Kris Durham


Shaun Chapas


Rennie Curran


Geno Atkins


Reshad Jones


Jeffrey Owens


Kade Weston


Matthew Stafford


Knowshon Moreno


Mohammed Massaquoi


Asher Allen


Corvey Irvin


Jarius Wynn


Marcus Howard


Thomas Brown


Chester Adams


Brandon Coutu


Paul Oliver * Supplemental


Quentin Moses


Charles Johnson


Martrez Milner


Ken Shackleford


Tim Jennings


Leonard Pope


Max Jean-Gilles


Greg Blue


DeMario Minter


Kedric Golston


D.J. Shockley


Thomas Davis


David Pollack


Reggie Brown


Odell Thurman


David Greene


Fred Gibson


Ben Watson


Sean Jones


Robert Geathers


Bruce Thornton


Johnathan Sullivan


George Foster


Boss Bailey


Jonathan Stinchcomb


Musa Smith


Tony Gilbert


J.T. Wall


Charles Grant


Will Witherspoon


Randy McMichael


Terreal Bierria


Jermaine Phillips


Verron Haynes


Josh Mallard


Tim Wansley


Richard Seymour


Marcus Stroud


Quincy Carter


Jonas Jennings


Jamie Henderson


Kendrell Bell


BCW1
BCW1

A lot of NE Georgia players going to the draft...good luck to all of them!!!

keendaddy
keendaddy

Would like to steal Conner Shaw in the 6-7th rd. Other than that, OL, a LB that can cover TE's, DL, OL, CB/S, LB/DL...then in FA, a C<, a DE/T and S...

DawgHawkFalconFan
DawgHawkFalconFan

Murray has similar skill set as Brees when he came out. Accurate, good arm, reads defense well. Murray probably the better runner but Brees stronger physically in the pocket. Murray could be the next Brees or not. How does he compare to Mark Sanchez in everyone's opinion by the way?

NoahVale
NoahVale

On a different note....Saints just released Jabari Greer, Jonathan Vilma, Roman Harper and Will Smith.  Wonder if Falcons are thinking of tendering an offer to any - especially Greer, 

HotDawg
HotDawg

I would actually like to see Crowell do well. It would be a nice story if the man turned his life around. He has football talent that is capable of being a top back if he works hard.

And Murray can have a pretty good life as a backup qb in the nfl if he doesn't become a starter. A decent backup can last 15 years as an arm for hire in the league. Move around, but keep getting good paychecks. Not to mension an nfl pension and still be young enough afterwards to start a business career.

oldtimedog
oldtimedog

Isaiah Crowell will go undrafted and Georgia Southern running back Jerick McKinnon  will be picked in the sixth or seventh round. So why do I pay attention to top recruiting classes  Three star recruit Johnny football will be a first round pick.  Maybe Paul Johnson is right about rankings.




Savdon
Savdon

Darqueze Dennard.  What an inspirational story his is!

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

Murray won't be drafted. He is too short and too small. May I remind you that Kiper predickted that Tyler Gray from Tennessee would be mid round draft pick and he ended up not being drafted at all. Gray is about 6-6 with a strong arm. Murray is about 5-10 and has a noodle arm plus a bum leg now. Maybe he can continue to sell his autograph to little kids for the next 5-6 years for a living.

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

Who care abut Muary. The Flcons need 2 wory about draftin Johnny Fottball

BarbClark
BarbClark

Roby should have stayed in school another year.

DawgLink
DawgLink

Murray is basically the same size as Russell Wilson, Johnny Football, and Drew Brees. He has a strong arm and is very smart. 

LostGoat
LostGoat

that's not nice of mel--he should project murray higher, maybe first round.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Best of Luck to one gutsy 6' and 3/8" quarterback Aaron Murray, our tight end Artie Lynch, Zach Mettenberger, DT NG Garrison Smith, OT Kenarious Gates, OG Dallas Lee, OG Chris Burnette, and WR Rantavious Wooten.

PoopDawg
PoopDawg

Falcon , I believe its due to Mccarron not having georgia ties

FalconJames
FalconJames

Why are we not hearing anything about AJ McCarron? He is way better than Murray, was not injured, and has a hot girlfriend.  I would think he would be ranked higher than Zach Mettenberger and Connor Shaw as well.  Was he just not invited to the Scouting Combine and that's why DOL is not giving him any love?


POAD2013
POAD2013

How long until a UGa fans says Murray would have been a first round pick if he didn't get injured?

Hope he can go to a decent team. Figure he was always a 3rd or4t round pick. Hope he is pretty healthy for His workouts.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

And, not in the footsteps of Matthew Stafford, Fran Tarkenton, Charley Trippi, Hines Ward, Zeke Bratkowski - all of whom were our Quarterbacks here at UGA ?  Or, any of the other 79 NFL Draft Picks of Mark Richt, already ?  Who is your team, starter ?  You come in here to talk about our quarterbacks and leave out these quarterbacks of ours ?  So, tell us all ?  Who is your team, starter ?

keendaddy
keendaddy

Supposed to read...then in FA, a C/LT, a DE/DT and S...

keendaddy
keendaddy

Would love Murray, but not a qb in mid-rounds! That's why Shaw looks good @6-7...

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

That'd be nice.  Good post.  Not likely, but I think what everyone would love to see for both of them.  Actually, you have seen RB like Isaiah Crowell make it the NFL more frequently than a guy like Aaron Murray.  Best of luck to both, as you say !

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Because the top-ranked recruits by the recruiting services are 5 times more likely to be drafted than the lesser ranked high school recruits.

Dawggie
Dawggie

@SlawDawg SlawDawg surely has a size problem, as fixated as he is with Murray's height, which has already been measured by the NFL as 6' 3/8." 

Just don't measure up SmawDawg?

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Too short & too small Russell Wilson won the Super Bowl.

Traptrix
Traptrix

@Tea-Party-Meber I do. I like the falcons a lot but Manziel doesn't need to be concerned although I don't mind. They can have Murray once he's healthy as backup.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ThomasBrown Good luck to all the UGA players and the GT players, where does all that hate come from ThomAss?

FalconJames
FalconJames

@PoopDawg Well his girlfriend attended middle and high school in Columbus, GA. 


DOL has stretched much further than that to get a connection.



NCDawg
NCDawg

@POAD2013 how long before we have to wait for another stupid comment from the sociopath?  Wow! that was fast!

DHJohnson
DHJohnson

i am a Dawg fan and never felt Murray was more than a 5th round pick.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@POAD2013


You probably won't have to wait as long for that comment as you will for a tech fan to admit that Johnson is not a "genius".

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@AlwaysStupid     Dude, there is a little difference between Wilson and Aaron Mary. Wilson can throw the ball and can run if needed. Aaron Mary has a noodle arm and feet of concrete. He won't be drafted. Period.

PoopDawg
PoopDawg

DOL slipping a little. I believe Mccarron's mom flew out of Hartfield in the mid 90's also . DOL needs to get in the game. LOL

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@ElemennoP @POAD2013


A genius ?  He tells commitments to other schools, to come on down to visit him; he tells his 2 point whatever star commitments, they even visit another school and he always rescinds the scholarship to Georgie tek.  Chan Gailey handed him the # 15 recruiting class Scout.com of 2007, and he parlayed that into 9-4 in 2008 and 10-3 in 2009, all 7-6 since with 2 FCS 1-AA wins to get that 28-25.  His own recruiting classes are # 52 or # 47.  His fans cannot pass the GED on their best day, and he tells them to smash the faces of UGA fans who dare to say what you just did to POAD2013 ElemennoP.  He gives up on his high school offense, no defensive player wants to practice against and no QB WR or TE wants to run, and sends his never played before player in the game and has him run backwards to the his own end zone before he is tackled.  47-32 under strict NCAA agreement that he cannot include Clemson game 2009 in his accolades, and he runs around saying he is 48-32 which of course he is not, claiming that is the 4th best in the 2-team ACC.  His team's Fight Song only mentions 1 Rival, and after we beat him, he says : Ah, we got bigger Fish to Fry than The Dawgs, our worst team just beating his best team, before they promptly have then Clemson vacated after South Carolina beats them, too; and, then loses to Iowa.  Had he beat us so he did not have to say that they have bigger Fish to Fry, he has to vacate it too.  He has 1 bowl win and 5 losses.  He has 1 win over his only Rival in Fight Song, and 5 losses.


Genius ?

Traptrix
Traptrix

@SlawDork "Murray is about 5-10..." You must have a height calculation disability. And it's Tyler Bray [whoever that is]. Bet you don't even know the guy. He's from the Volunteers [whoever they are]. They aren't even good. Murray can have a top 10 QB ranking/rating. Bray isn't even near that. Since you can't confirm Murray's height your insight of Bray's height must be incorrect too. Stop trying to live a fantasy.

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