Aaron Murray’s wait ended in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday when the Kansas City Chiefs selected the quarterback from Georgia.
Murray said earlier this week that he figured he could go anywhere from second to the fifth or sixth round.
He was the No. 163 overall pick.
“I’m very excited,” Murray said in a teleconference with Kansas City media. “We were watching the draft with family (in Tampa) and I said, ‘Hey starting with Kansas City to New Orleans somewhere in those five to seven picks I feel like I have a good shot.’ Then obviously as soon as Kansas City got on the board we got the call.”
Kansas City was one of a handful of teams that had shown the most interest in Murray before the draft.
Murray was the eighth quarterback selected.
Arizona took Virginia Tech’s erratic but athletic Logan Thomas and Houston selected well-traveled Tom Savage earlier in the fourth round.
Murray interviewed with Chiefs quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy and an area scout before Georgia’s Pro Day last month.
They watched film. Murray said the Chiefs’ scheme is similar to what Georgia ran under him.
“It’s a great fit,” Murray said. “I’m not complaining one bit. It’s an incredible fit. They do a heck of a job preparing quarterbacks. It’s evident from (coach Andy Reid’s) track record .”
Kansas City’s starting quarterback is eight-year veteran Alex Smith and the backups are fourth-year pro Chase Daniel and former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray.
“I’m excited to get into that QB room and get in there and get a chance to know the guys,” Murray said. “If they draft you, they want you to go in there and compete.”
Murray, coming off a torn ACL sustained against Kentucky on Nov. 23, finished his Georgia career the owner of several Southeastern Conference career records.
The 52-game starter is the SEC leader in passing yards (13,166), touchdown passes (121), completions (921) and total offense (13,562). He’s also the only player to throw for at least 3,000 yards in four straight seasons.
He was the second Georgia player drafted. Tight end Arthur Lynch was selected by Miami earlier in the fifth round.