The following is a Byron Murphy NFL Draft Profile highlighting everything that you need to know about the Washington cornerback. Listed below is his scouting report highlighting strengths and weaknesses while looking at his NFL player comparison and his projection.
Byron Murphy NFL Draft Profile
Height: 5’11 Weight: 182 School: Washington
- Has the speed to run deep with receivers.
- Fluid mover who can change directions quickly and without losing speed.
- Explosive burst that allows him to react immediately.
- Tremendous ball skills either playing the ball in the air or attacking the receivers arms to force incomplete passes.
- Patient mover in coverage who is not going to put himself in a bad situation.
- Understands route concepts is able to adjust to make plays in coverage
- Able to play either man cover or zone coverage
- Not afraid of contact and will take on receivers to hold his ground on runs.
- Lacks the ideal height and weight that you would want out of your top cornerback.
- Can bite on play action looks allowing receivers to get an advantage on him.
- Will throw his body at the ball carrier to make a tackle rather than wrap up and take to the ground.
- Doesn’t show the ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage.
Although Byron Murphy has just two years of playing time at Washington he has quickly emerged as one of the top cornerbacks in the nation. Murphy’s may lack the height (5’11) and weight (183lbs) of bigger cornerbacks but because of his explosiveness and toughness he plays much bigger than his listed size. Murphy is a fluid mover who can change direction smoothly to react to receivers making cuts and then explode to make a play on the ball. Because Murphy has those physical traits he is able to be patient and allow the receiver to make the first move and then put himself in a position to make a play. With elite ball production Murphy is able to get his hands in to break up the pass or play the body to jar the ball loose also. As a run defender Murphy is willing to get physical with receivers who are trying to block him creating leverage to set the edge or keep them off his body. However he is inconsistent with his tackling and too often will throw his body at the defender rather than wrapping up and taking them to the ground.
As a true cover corner there will be plenty of suitors for Murphy as players with his skill set have gone high in the draft before. If he was 6’2 and 200lbs we may be talking about Murphy as a top 5 player, but 5’11 isn’t short for a cornerback and he is able to compensate for those 3″ with explosiveness and ball skills. Murphy is a first round talent who has Pro Bowl level talent. He should go in the top 20 picks, but because of a deep defensive line class and team needs he could fall into the early twenties.
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