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Blog: NFL draft wait a roller coaster ride for Murray

UPDATE: Murray didn’t get picked in the first three rounds. He’s expected to go Saturday when rounds four through seven are held.

Friday could be Aaron Murray’s big day in the NFL draft.

The second and third rounds will be held tonight. It all begins at 7 p.m.

The former Georgia quarterback won’t sit around biting his fingernails until he’s picked.

He’s planning to head to Busch Gardens with his family during the day in his hometown of Tampa.

So he will hit roller coasters like Kumba, SheiKra, Montu and Cheetah Hunt.

“We’re going to ride roller coasters, walk around, have a good time,” he said. “I’m a big fan of roller coasters so we’ll have a good day.”

Murray was in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday for NFLPA events.

His girlfriend, Kacie McDonnell, was heading back to Florida with Murray to be with him for the draft.

Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater were the quarterbacks to go in the first round.

The plan was for Murray Friday night to hit a restaurant with some bowling and pool after the amusement park.

“We’ll do some bowling, eat and just relax pretty much and see what happens,” he said.

In the lead up to the draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper talked on air about Murray as a quarterback who wasn’t being talked about enough.

“You like the fact that this kid won this year despite having obviously some shaky moments during his career against some big-time opponents,” Kiper said. “Well, that changed. I think the veteran leadership he brings, veteran presence.
He has a good, not great arm. Granted he’s only around 6 feet tall, built like a Drew Brees. He comes in as a natural leader. The team respects him. I think his arm will be good enough. I would obviously prefer him in a dome or in a warm-weather situation. If you get in the third or fourth round, Aaron Murray would make a lot of sense.”

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