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Georgia QB Murray right fit for Bengals?

By Carlos "Big C" Holmes

Former University of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was unable to showcase his skills at the scouting combine due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He went through the medical examinations and interview process but was otherwise relegated to spectator. Big C logo

But that didn’t stop NFL teams from expressing their interest in the SEC record-setting passer.

Murray interviewed with several teams, including the Cincinnati Bengals, while in Indianapolis.

In all likelihood, Cincinnati will draft a quarterback and create competition at the position. The Bengals have shown a fondness for Georgia players and Murray likely would be a contender for the backup position behind Andy Dalton.

“I’ll play anywhere, but the chance to get to play with A.J. (Green) again would be incredible,” Murray said. “He’s an unbelievable receiver and one of the best in the NFL. We had a good relationship and chemistry in college, so it would be nice to hook up with him again.”

Murray connected with Green for nine touchdowns during their 2010 season at Georgia. Fullback Orson Charles, who is expected to play more of a role in the Bengals new-look West Coast offense, was another of Murray’s weapons at Georgia.

The 6-foot, 207-pound Murray has a quick release with good velocity and throws a tight spiral. He’s poised in the pocket, accurate and can make plays passing or with his feet outside the pocket. Murray has a vast knowledge of the game and is not pigeonholed to one type of offensive scheme.

“We did pretty much everything on offense at Georgia,” Murray said. “On one play we could be in the Pro-I and next play we’ll be in the spread offense. The coaches do a great job of having a variety of things for me to do as a quarterback, which I think has definitely helped me out and prepared me for the next level. Whatever team picks me I’ll be ready to go.”

The Bengals are believed to have legitimate interest in Murray as someone to groom behind Dalton.

According to Bengals safety Shawn Williams, another teammate at Georgia, Murray is a great leader and commands the huddle. He said Murray is a competitor and team guy. Williams added that teams are sleeping on Murray due to size and not having a rocket arm.

“As a quarterback you’re seen as a leader,” Murray said. “I have to be that leader in the huddle and take over, be vocal and outwork everyone else. That was my goal from day one at Georgia.

“Right now, I have to get healthy and feel by my Pro Day April 16 I will be. I have to impress the coaches with my knowledge of the game and go from there.”