Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Tom Savage, Aaron Murray QBs to watch
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are almost certainly going to take a quarterback at some point in the upcoming draft. Owner Shad Khan believes they will take more than one.
If that is the case, the second will likely taken on Day 3. He will be a developmental player, someone the Jaguars can put on the practice squad and work with, without the pressure of having to play right away. If he develops into a starting quarterback it's a huge victory for the Jaguars. If he doesn't, it's not the end of the world. Most late-round picks don't pan out anyway.
There are a lot of possible targets, but Scouts Inc's Kevin Weidl believes two of the best are Tom Savage and Aaron Murray. He breaks both of them down in this piece , but here's a quick snippet from Weidl on each:
On Savage: "... he has above-average pocket instincts and functional mobility moving within the pocket to buy time. In addition, he stands strong in the pocket, rarely blinks in the face of pressure, and will stare down the gun barrel to deliver an accurate throw while taking a hit."
On Murray: "Murray also has improved his accuracy and ball-placement, particularly in the intermediate part of the field. In addition, it is clear Murray sees the field well. Not only is he able to make the necessary pre-snap checks and reads, but he also shows the ability work the entire field post-snap and get deep into his progressions."
Murray is a name that keeps getting linked to the Jaguars as a later-round possibility. Coach Gus Bradley was very impressed with Murray at the Senior Bowl. Though Murray was unable to play because he is still recovering from a torn ACL, he was an active participant in meetings. He took notes. He asked questions. He treated the experience as if he was going to play.
That left an impression on GM David Caldwell, too. Maybe a good enough of one that he will be a target on Day 3 for the Jaguars.