After his most recent back surgery, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is reported to be well on his way back to a full recovery. But this latest injury has simply placed a bigger spotlight on the Cowboys need to find and groom his eventual replacement. According to our sister FanSided site, NFL Mocks, Dallas will select that replacement in the upcoming NFL Draft. Here’s their selection and explanation:
Round 4 – Aaron Murray – QB – Georgia
“Here are the facts. Tony Romo is turning 34 and coming off back surgery. His backup Kyle Orton is 31. The Dallas Cowboys simply can’t wait on adding a young arm to their system any longer. Aaron Murray suffered an unfortunate knee injury to end the 2013 season but before that he was the most prolific passer in SEC history with the arm, poise and athleticism needed for the position.”
Murray’s numbers are solid throwing for 3,893 yards, 36 touchdowns and 10 interceptions his junior year and 3,075 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a senior. All with an impressive 65% completion percentage. His play even earned him comparisons to Cam Newton. But Murray struggled in big games throughout his career. And the fact his Georgia Bulldog’s team was ravaged by injuries his senior season didn’t help his case either.
To make matters worse, Murray’s recent injury will keep him out of the NFL Scouting Combine scheduled for later this month. But he hopes to be well enough to participate in Georgia’s pro day, which is April 16th. Unfortunately, the bigger concern for most NFL scouts about Murray will be his height.
Listed at 6’1, Murray’s build is being compared to undersized NFL players like New Orleans quarterback Dree Brees and Seattle’s Russell Wilson. Walter Football lists him as the 11th best quarterback available in this draft. With names like Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo (9th) and Alabama’s A.J. McCarron (7th) ranked above him.
I could see Dallas pulling the trigger on a quarterback, but not until the seventh round. In fact, the Cowboys could end up with five selections in the seventh round if the current compensatory picks predictions are accurate. And it’s quite possible Murray will be available then, especially if he misses his university’s pro day in April. But spending a fourth round pick on an injured quarterback is a stretch considering the Cowboys other needs and the fact this draft features the biggest underclassman group in NFL history.