ATHENS - Perhaps the biggest day of Aaron Murray's offseason arrives Wednesday. Not yet five months after tearing his ACL, Murray will perform for NFL scouts with what he called "zero limitations" at UGA's pro day.
"I plan on shocking a lot of people come Wednesday," Murray told radio station 680 The Fan on Monday.
The former Georgia quarterback said the only thing he will not be doing is running the 40-yard dash, but only because he hasn't prepared for it. Otherwise he will do all the passing drills that scouts are expected to ask him to do.
Because Murray was too injured to participate in the Senior Bowl or the NFL combine in February, he has long pointed to Wednesday as his big day to impress scouts, and show that he could play this season.
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"The strength is there, the mobility is there. The flexibility," Murray said on a promotional interview from his training company. "Everything is awesome, and I feel like I'm getting better and better every week."
Murray, rated a middle-rounds pick in next month's draft, will be the focal point of UGA's pro day, which figures to be a lot less crowded than in previous years. No Georgia player is expected to be picked in the first two rounds, and Murray and tight end Arthur Lynch might be longshots even for the third round.
But it could be a big day for a number of former Bulldogs, and not just Murray:
- A number of seniors on last year's team who did not receive NFL combine invites are hoping to have a good showing: Defensive lineman Garrison Smith, offensive linemen Chris Burnette, Kenarious Gates and Dallas Lee, and receiver Rantavious Wooten.
- Cornerback Branden Smith, who went undrafted last year and remains a free agent, is also hoping to impress scouts. Marcus Washington, a Georgia linebacker from 2005-09, is also being allowed to participate.
- Defensive back Brent McClendon, a senior last year at Georgia State and younger brother of Georgia assistant Bryan McClendon, is also participating in UGA's pro day.
A total of 14 players are participating on Wednesday, including former Georgia players T.J. Stripling, Corey Campbell, Brandon Harton, Rhett McGowan, Blake Sailors and Curtis Wyatt.