The Kansas City Chiefs made a surprise pick with their fourth selection of the NFL Draft Saturday afternoon by choosing Georgia QB Aaron Murray. The former Bulldog will join a QB room that includes starter Alex Smith and backups Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray.
Murray is the perfect fit for the Chiefs offense, but to me seems like a luxury pick for a team that is working with a limited number of selections. If Smith wasn’t about to get a long-term extension, we would have seen the team focus on a quarterback earlier in the draft, so this is strictly a pick for depth.
After suffering a torn ACL in November of last year, Murray is expected to be ready for training camp. That’s where we’ll get to see if he will push Daniel or Bray off the roster, because the Chiefs will not keep four quarterback on the roster.
Daniel is certainly being paid well for a backup, but he also showed at the end of last season that he can run Andy Reid’s system. If the Chiefs want to save some money and feel comfortable with Murray’s knee and his grasp of the offense, they’ll go with the rookie and Bray behind Smith.
Wrapping up a fantastic four-year run at Georgia last year, Murray completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 3,75 yards and 26 touchdowns with just nine interceptions. Murray is a lock to make the roster, now we just have to watch and see who the odd man out will be under center.