By: Steve Johnson
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2017: 6 games. 16 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 2 int, 17 yards, 7 pass break ups, 1 FF
Accolades: 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl
History: Four-star recruit from Scottsdale. Also played basketball.
Strengths: Great ball skills, and tracking ability. Fluid hips, excellent change of direction ability. Recovery speed is very impressive. Excellent closing speed, especially when tasked running down hill, whether blitzing or in run support. Aggressive player, always looking to punish ball carriers. Not afraid to get physical and throw his body around in the run game.
Weaknesses: Undersized. Can get boxed out by bigger receivers too easily. His physicality might cause injuries due to his small frame. Has trouble disengage from everybody. Can’t be counted on in press in the NFL against larger outside WRs. Can be too aggressive as a tackler, diving and missing too often. Gives up too much space in coverage, playing too soft. Gambles too much.
Overview: A quick-footed, smooth corner with good ball skills. What Murphy lacks in size, he makes up in intensity and would bring a Tyrann Mathieu/Courtland Finnegan type swagger to a defense. Ultimately, I think he may not be able to be a full time outside corner, but could be a really good player as a Nickel/Hybrid Safety slot role.
Draft Projection: Early Day Two
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