Aug 31, 2013; Clemson, SC, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) prior to the snap during the first quarter against the Clemson Tigers at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Mocks Predict Cowboys Will Draft A Quarterback in 2014

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.

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  • Scott.

    Absolutely take him if he’s available in the 7th, I wouldn’t mind a 5 or 6. That way they could cut Orton’s 3 million contract and knock that deficit down more. I know what’s coming is with romo’s age and back problems you want a quality backup. Two points the first is there was a quality back up in the 3rd straight win and your in game at home vs philly. Second is with a backup your not going any further that one and done so I’d rather have them chip away at that salary cap mess.

    • NYCowboysFan

      Easiest way to chip away at the salary cap is to let Austin, Ware, Witten, and Spencer go.

      • Scott.

        Well aware of that but my point was it didn’t pay this year to pay a back up 3 million dollars. Might as well draft qb late put him as backup since they won’t make playoffs next year anyway. That schedule is brutal.

        • NYCowboysFan

          We would have made the playoffs the last 2 years as Division winners if it had not been for all the defensive injuries. We will be pretty good next year if we stay somewhat healthy. The schedule doesn’t scare me off.

    • MercWithaMouth

      I agree you look at a guy like Murray, McCarron, Mettenberger, or Fales in the later rounds if they’re available, but I wouldn’t let Orton go just yet, not with Romo’s back. Also if you pick up a guy like Murray or Mettenberger who are both coming off of ACL tears could use a season to basically rehab that knee as the 3rd QB on the roster with a highly unlikely chance they have to play until certainly ready

  • ctcowboy1968

    Not in the 4th round. Leary of injured talent that has fallen in the draft. Like the SEC experience.

  • jrcowboy49

    Dallas should look at drafting AJ McCarron in the 3rd if he is available. Jerrah’s team will blow up in the next 2 seasons due to his stupid cap management, inferior drafting skills, skilled veterans retiring or being cut, and continued idiocy of Jerrah. You will need a QB to build around.

  • NYCowboysFan

    Hey, let’s draft another player with injury history. He’ll fit right in with Claiborne, Lee, Johnson, Austin…).