Those comparisons, while unfair in every category since he's never taken an NFL snap, will likely continue throughout Murray's career in Kansas City.
Murray is one of the best college quarterbacks in this draft and it was a shocker he fell to the fifth round. With all the hype surrounding Cleveland Browns first round pick Quarterback, Johnny Manziel. In my view, Murray is twice the quarterback Manziel was at any point in their respective college careers.
Murray comes to the Chiefs with a history of working in a pro style offense at the University of Georgia. Yet he'll enter a crowded field at the quarterback position in Kansas City. With Alex Smith and the Chiefs still in a contract stalemate (one I expect to get resolved), Murray and last years top undrafted free agent signee Quarterback, Tyler Bray, will be fighting hard for a roster spot.
Standing in their way to make the final 53-man roster will be veteran Quarterback, Chase Daniel, who the Chiefs had considered at one point moving prior to the draft. Depending on how things shake out during training camp that still could be the case in regards to the former Missouri Tigers quarterback.
For now, Murray is coming off an ACL injury that limited his ability to show off his talents at the NFL Combines. However, he came back with a vengeance in Georgia's Pro Day and the impression he made to all the NFL executives in attendance, made the Chiefs very comfortable in considering Murray as a mid round draft pick.
No matter how you see it Chiefs fans should not underscore the significance of this quarterback selection. Under two previous regimes (Carl Peterson and Scott Pioli), nether General Manager was able to draft and/or develop a young quarterback into a starters role. They continually added one veteran after another and it's no coincidence Kansas City struggled to find any real championship consistency.
Reid, when he came to Kansas City a year ago, mentioned it was his duty as the new head coach to find the next, Len Dawson. At this point, Murray, Bray or even Smith can't be considered in that quarterback club yet. Primarily because Dawson is the only Chiefs quarterback to earn a Super Bowl championship for Kansas City.
But the fact the Chiefs have Alex Smith under contract for one more year and two experienced college starting quarterbacks on the roster, Kansas City opens themselves up for numerous options at the position down the road.
If Smith and the Chiefs don't get a deal done; Bray could be the starter in 2015 with Murray as his back up. Should that occur next year both quarterbacks would grow up together on the roster at the same time under the Reid.
That means, if one of them takes off and becomes an elite quarterbacks in the NFL, the other would become a hot commodity in the NFL which could get the Chiefs a first or second round draft choice in return for Murray or Bray in 2016 and beyond.
Either way the franchise is hedging their quarterback bets that one of them could ultimately be the successor to Smith whenever his playing days end in Kansas City.
For now, Murray brings a lot of intangibles that you want in a quarterback. He's a leader, plays hurt and might be the best quarterback in this draft that can read and recognize defensive shifts at the line of scrimmage. His arm strength isn't going to excite you but keep this in mind – the same thing was said about Notre Dame Quarterback, Joe Montana.
Murray, much like Smith and Bray for that matter, completes a high percentage of his passes. Murray is tough as nails, plays hurt and can survey the field to find open receivers when the pocket is crumbling around his feet.
Sure he has issues with interceptions but that's to be expected considering he shattered every Georgia passing record during his four-year career at the SEC school.
Bottom line with this selection is that Murray, who I would have been thrilled had the Chiefs taken him with their third round pick, suddenly bolsters the quarterback position in Kansas City to a point it's never been in its rich franchise history.
The fact the Chiefs under Reid have acquired arguably the best two SEC quarterbacks in Bray and Murray in consecutive years, should serve this franchise well in it's ability to finally put a quarterback they drafted and developed from within that someday just might lead this franchise to another championship parade in Kansas City.
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