There is a good chance the Bengals look to add some competition at the quarterback position in the 2104 NFL Draft. One option may come in the later rounds with Georgia Quarterback Aaron Murray. Carlos Holmes from the Dayton Daily News writes that Murray may be a fit for the Bengals for several reasons. The Bengals seem to love players from Georgia, there is a history with A.J Green and Murray has shown he can handle many different types of offenses.
Our very own super star draft guru Anthony Cosenza predicted the Bengals would take a flier on Murray in the 4th round in a mock draft he did a couple weeks ago (see it here). Cosenza writes:
The Bengals arguably need a quarterback--be it as an upgrade to the backup situation or to push Andy Dalton, right? The Bengals also love drafting players from the University of Georgia, particularly in the mid-rounds of the draft. Enter Aaron Murray, who in my opinion, is one of the most under-appreciated prospects in this year's draft class.
He's tough, he has won in college, put up big stats (broke school passing records) in the SEC and is a gritty leader. So, what's the problem? He's also small (6'1", 201 pounds), didn't have some of the big-game wins that other SEC quarterbacks have had, and his arm isn't necessarily exceptional. Still, his arm is pretty dang good for a player of his size and he has a nice, compact throwing motion to boot. Though Murray's value seems about right in the fourth round, I think he's a better player than what people give him credit for.
The big knock on Murray is his size and arm strength. Much like Drew Brees, Murray is labeled as a short, accurate passer with questionable velocity. What better situation would he find himself in than being able to develop behind a QB that has done nothing short of taking his team to the playoffs every year he has been in the league?
Like Anthony mentioned, Murray was a very successful QB in college. He broke many SEC passing records and played in a very advanced offense that flashed some pro-style along with some college spread. He has played with many current members of the Bengals and established himself as a leader with his college peers. If the guy is available in the 4th I think the Bengals should absolutely grab him.
Murray has a pro day scheduled for March 16th. I bet the Bengals are in attendance along with many other NFL teams.