University of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray faces a pretty big decision in the next two weeks of his young life. Fresh off yet another impressive win in the Capital One Bowl versus a tenacious but ultimately outmatched Nebraska Cornhusker team, Murray is left to ponder whether or not to enter the NFL draft. Should Murray turn pro? We will examine the reasons why his choice should be a
resounding moderate ‘yes’.
What Is Left to Accomplish By Coming Back?
After a 12-2 season and a top five finish in the polls, really there are only two hills left for Murray to climb, one personal and the other team-based. The idea of coming back to shatter a ton of Georgia, SEC, and national passing records has to be appealing, and clearly Murray seems the kind of guy to return for the possibility of a national championship. However, those two hills I mentioned earlier? One is a mountain and its name is Alabama. With the defense in complete rebuilding mode for 2013, I would wager this reality may keep Murray from even believing he can lead Georgia to a national championship…even with what is shaping up to be a dynamic and incredible UGA offense for 2013.
New Horizons/Fresh Opportunities
Aaron Murray has earned multiple diplomas at UGA, as well as leading the Bulldogs heroically through flush and fallow times. At some point, any athlete is ready to grow to the next level of their chosen sport. Murray, I am sure, is no exception. The question remains, of course, whether the erstwhile Bulldog signal caller will feel that in leaving, his business at Georgia was not complete (Murray didn’t ‘finish the drill’). While this is compelling stuff, the lure of millions of dollars and the national stage of the NFL may prove more compelling.
Dollars, Dollars, and More Dollars
Word is Murray’s initial NFL evaluation has him as a second or third round draft pick. Considering the relative weakness for quarterbacks in this year’s NFL draft, this year may be Murray’s best opportunity to cash in big. Is it possible by staying another year at UGA, Murray could improve his draft status? Most certainly, especially given his reputation for falling short in big games (and Clemson, South Carolina, and LSU in the first four weeks of the 2013 season certainly provide a plethora of big game opportunities), but the possibility remains that Murray could become injured and the Bulldogs 1-3 before next year’s season is a month old.
Many pundits recommend Murray stay in school, finish his degree, enjoy the greatest years of his life, blah blah blah. Who among us would have the discipline and restraint to not follow millions of dollars now, as opposed to later?