(High Upside Potential)
Elite Level Starter
PLAYSTYLE AND SCHEME FIT
In terms of scheme fit, Murphy would excel in any defense that values pass rush and disruption from the defensive line. He is versatile enough to play in a 4-3 or 3-4 alignment, and his ability to generate pressure would make him an asset in both traditional and hybrid defenses. With his size, speed, and athleticism, Murphy has the potential to be a dominant pass rusher at the NFL level.
PASS GAME ANALYSIS
As a pass rusher, murphy exhibits the critical functions of the position needed to be elite. His length, athleticism, and high-level positional speed and power are the core of his game. His ability to win with his first step quickness or power to displace a blocker allows him to disrupt passing lanes in a hurry. In addition, Murphy plays with violent hand usage enabling him to combine multiple counters while rushing the passer. Murphy will not play in coverage outside of the flat area.
RUN GAME ANALYSIS
As a run defender, Murphy's upside is also very high. He possesses elite positional speed and lateral quickness to close on a runner quickly. He can use his length, dense frame, and strength to anchor and hold the edge. Murphy will need to improve his eye discipline at the NFL level. Teams at the college level have exploited him with misdirection or the zone read game.
At 6-5 275lbs, Murphy possesses one of the highest grades in the 2023 draft class. He has the athletic and physical tools you want in today's NFL edge rusher. At 6-5, 275lbs, Murphy possesses the elite length needed to go one-on-one with today's top NFL tackles. On tape, Murphy exhibits an elite first step combined with elite-level lateral quickness for his position. His assets do not end with quickness; he can win with speed or power at the point of attack. Using his dense frame and elite strength, Murphy can anchor and hold the edge in the run game or bull through a blocker on his way to the QB.
KEY POSITIONAL FACTOR GRADES
Pos. Vers. (Near Elite)