Aaron Murray sounds almost apologetic that Georgia’s Pro Day is coming weeks later this year to allow him more time recover from a torn ACL, but it’s finally here on Wednesday.
“Ready to go,” Murray said after grabbing a sushi dinner with some former teammates Sunday night. “We’ve been at this for four months. It stinks that the Pro Day did get pushed back because of the injury. I know myself and the rest of the guys are just ready to get this thing going.”
Less than five months after surgery on the quarterback’s left knee, Murray will be on display at the Georgia practice fields for NFL scouts.
He already met with teams at the Senior Bowl and NFL combine, but this will be the first time they can see the SEC career passing yardage and touchdown leader show his skills since wearing a Georgia uniform.
So what does he want them to see?
“The one thing is just that I’m healthy,” Murray said. “That I look good, that I feel good. Right now I have no limitations at all. I’m running, jumping, cutting, doing full drops, rollouts to the right, left, throwing on the run. It looks natural, it feels natural, there’s no hitch in my step. I feel awesome. That’s the one thing I want them to see that, `He’s ready to go, he looks great.’”
The workout could answer questions about Murray’s knee, but his voice is a bit raspy after yelling the cadence to his receivers gearing up for Pro Day.
“We’ve been doing a lot of throwing the past couple of days,” he said.
Murray plans to throw Wednesday to guys like tight end Arthur Lynch, receivers Rantavious Wooten and Rhett McGowan and tailback Brandon Harton.
The 6-foot ½ inch Murray wants teams to know that he’ll be ready to go for organized team activities, mini-camps and “definitely the season.” He said he’s full-speed sprinting and cutting, but won’t run the 40 or do jumping Wednesday.
“These guys train months to do that stuff and I haven’t trained to do that so I really don’t feel I need to go out there and do it,” Murray said. “We’ll have agility drills for me to do and obviously all my drops so everyone will see me moving around.”
Former NFL quarterbacks coach Terry Shea will run Murray’s workout. Murray spent time with Shea in Arizona and Shea arrived in town over the weekend and started getting Murray ready for Pro Day after Saturday’s G-Day game.
Murray said they together watched Pro Day workouts of other quarterbacks that Shea has worked with: Robert Griffin III, Sam Bradford, Blaine Gabbert and Tyler Wilson.
“I feel awesome and plan on proving that on Wednesday,” said Murray, who trained and rehabbed at a facility near Pensacola, Fla.
In two separate radio appearances Monday, Murray went further, saying he planned on“shocking a lot of people,” Wednesday.
There’s already buzz picking up for Murray in the lead up to the May 8-10 NFL draft.
Former NFL coach Jon Gruden gushed about him after Murray appeared on his ESPN “QB Camp.”
“You’re a sick human being,” Gruden told Murray in a good way about staying in the game and throwing a touchdown pass after tearing his ACL against Kentucky.
The NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said in a radio appearance on 790 AM in Houston about Murray that “the more tape I watch on this kid, the more intrigued I am by him. He gets it. …For a 6-foot guy, he’s got really good feet. It looks like his arm strength is good. He understands and gets the game and is as accurate as any quarterback in the draft is.”
Murray said he already has three private workouts set up starting Saturday and at least a couple of team visits. Cleveland, Tennessee, Detroit, New England, St. Louis and Miami have asked for private workouts and/or team visits, according to agent Pat Dye Jr., and 10 to 12 teams seem interested.
Murray is considered a third or fourth-round pick by many, but Dye thinks teams that turn on the film and see him performing against “the most competitive and highest quality competition that there is in college football,” could increase his stock.
“When you think about the LSU game and that drive and you think about the Tennessee game, you think about the Auburn game, those are outstanding performances under adverse circumstances and challenging circumstances” Dye said. “That’s just off the top of my head and I’m sure there are others that are equal to that. I think when they go back and look at the tape and look at how productive he’s been, his accuracy, intangibles and all of those things, quarterbacks typically end up going higher because there’s such a premium on them.”
Murray hopes to give them a fresh reminder of what he can do at Wednesday’s Pro Day.