The first five installments of FRG Scouting’s “First Look” series have focused on quarterbacks, and we’ll be sticking to that theme with a sneak peek at Aaron Murray, the experienced and highly decorated starter for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Murray was a heavily recruited high school player after a successful career at Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. Murray led the Panthers to two state titles in three years, including his senior season in which he suffered a major leg injury. Scout.com rated Murray as the No. 3 quarterback prospect in the nation, and after all was said and done, 53 programs offered him a scholarship. Murray verbally committed to the Bulldogs (Florida and UCLA were in his final three) in the Spring of 2008, and has been the Georgia starter since the 2010 season.
Murray has started 41 games for the Bulldogs since 2010. He’s attempted 1,391 passes and has completed 61.5% for 10,091 yards and 95 TDs (compared to 32 Ints). Murray was named second team All-SEC in 2011.
The fifth installment of FRG Scouting’s First Look series will focus on Logan Thomas, the polarizing quarterback prospect from Virginia Tech.
Entering the 2012 college football season, many analysts viewed Thomas as the next Cam Newton-type prospect. And why wouldn’t they? He was coming off an impressive 2011 campaign –his first as a starting quarterback– that saw him throw for more than 3,000 yards and a nearly 2:1 TD to Int ratio. He completed almost 60% of his passes and was on an upward projection.
Then the 2012 season started.
Thomas regressed as a player while underperforming in every statistical category (compared to 2011). The Hokies ended the year with an underwhelming 7-6 record, and the once-hyped potential No. 1 overall pick had little to no choice but to return to school for another year of experience.
In this installment of the First Look series, I took a peek at Tajh Boyd, the senior quarterback of the Clemson Tigers. Much like the other signal callers that FRG Scouting has looked at so far, Boyd is coming off of an impressive 2012 season in which he was considered (at certain points in the season) as a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate.
After a successful high school career at Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia (that even saw him play his senior season with a torn ACL), Boyd was a highly recruited, top-100 player who ultimately chose Clemson over Ohio State and Oregon. He became the Tigers’ starting quarterback in 2011 and is entering the 2013 season after two successful years at the helm.
In this installment of the “First Look” series, I decided to take a look at David Fales, the senior quarterback from San Jose State. After an impressive junior season, Fales is considered to be one of the top quarterback prospects entering the 2013 college football season
In order to become the best possible talent evaluator, you have to look back at your work and be your own worst critic. Now that the 2013 NFL Draft is in the books, I decided to revisit the FRG Scouting Big Board (top 100) and see how it ultimately played out on draft weekend.
Below is the Big Board that was published a few days before the draft kicked off. The players appear in four different colors: Gold, Green, Black, and Red. The players in gold represent picks that were selected within five spots of their big board placement. Players in green are picks that were made within ten spots of their big board placement. Players in black were selected anywhere between 11 and 49 spots of their big board placement. Players in red were selected 50 or more spots from their big board placement.
It should be noted that this does not mean an evaluation was right or wrong. It simply compares FRG Scouting’s Big Board with the various big boards throughout the NFL. Andre Ellington, for example, was drafted 164 spots lower than his No. 23 ranking on FRG scouting’s Big Board. We are confident in our evaluation, but there’s a big disconnect between our grade and what the NFL obviously thought of him. Time will determine who is “right.”
The first three rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft is in the books. This year’s draft has routinely been described as one of the deepest in years, and the names remaining on the board prove that point. There are a lot of potential future starting quarterbacks available, along with some very talented running backs and defensive linemen.
Below are the highest-rated players still remaining from FRG Scouting’s Big Board. Their Big Board ranking appears at the left of their name. Remember: Follow FRG Scouting on Twitter for instant analysis on Day Three: