Aaron Murray made the scene at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Wednesday, a day after he threw for a Georgia bowl-record five touchdown passes in the 45-31 win against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl
The Georgia redshirt junior quarterback, deciding whether to return to the Bulldogs or turn pro, made a stop on the ESPN set. He was asked by Chris Fowler before the game about the NFL draft grade he received.
“It came back pretty good,” he said with a smile. “Second or third round, so hey, you know, we’ll see. I don’t know. I love Georgia. Great fan base. Love my teammates, love the coaches. Everybody’s back on offense besides TK and Marlon (receivers Tavarres King and Marlon Brown). There’s tons of pros and cons. I’ve got to write them out, talk to my parents about it and then go from there.”
So what does “second or third round” exactly mean in the feedback from the NFL? And who makes that grade?
This may be familiar territory I’ve touched on in past years, but the The College Advisory Committee for underclassmen is made up of personnel evaluators from NFL clubs and the director’s of the league’s two scouting organizations: National Football Scouting and BLESTO, according to the NFL. They aim to provide “an informed and realistic estimate of a player’s potential to be selected.”
Players like Murray get back a grade listing one of the following:
–He has the potential to be drafted as high as the first round.
–He has the potential to be drafted as high as the second round.
–He has the potential be drafted as high as the third round.
–He does not have the potential to be drafted in the first three rounds.
–He does not have the potential to be drafted.
So we can assume that Murray’s grade was either he has the potential be drafted either “as high as the second round” or “as high as the third round.”
Florida’s Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville all but guarantees Georgia will finish as a top-five team, which brings a $100,000 bonus under coach Mark Richt’s contract.
That kicks in for a top-five finish in either the AP or coaches’ poll.
Georgia was No. 5 in the coaches’ poll and No. 6 in the AP poll before its bowl win. Florida was No. 4 in both polls.
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