2014 NFL Draft: Five ‘Perfect Patriots’

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Nov 23, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) runs the ball in the first half against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

QB Aaron Murray, Georgia

There has been a lot of talk surrounding the Patriots and the quarterback prospects that are entering this year’s draft. Obviously the Pats aren’t looking to replace Tom Brady, but they could be looking to find a successor to backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. If they were to go this route, I would want them to look at Aaron Murray out of Georgia. Murray has a great arm, a good release, and moves well in the pocket. However he is only 6’1, which could drive some teams away from him. Here is what CBS Sports has to say on his lack of size:

"While there are plenty of positives to note when discussing Murray, one obvious concern is his lack of preferred size. The success of Drew Brees and Russell Wilson proves that shorter quarterbacks can be successful in the NFL. The greatest concern with short quarterbacks is their ability to see beyond the behemoths at the line of scrimmage and too many of Murray’s passes over his career have been knocked down at the line of scrimmage."

If Murray were still available in the fourth or fifth round, I would like to see Bill Belichick take a shot on this kid. He has the talent, and learning behind Tom Brady is the best experience a young signal caller can get.