The following is a Kenneth Murray NFL Draft Profile highlighting everything that you need to know about the Oklahoma linebacker. Listed below is his scouting report highlighting positives and concerns while looking at his NFL player comparison, projection while providing game clips and any other articles and information about him.
Kenneth Murray NFL Draft Profile
Height: 6’2 Weight: 243 School: Oklahoma
- Next level Competitive toughness
- Explosive athleticism allows him to burst towards the ball
- Is able to bring the boom with power hits on the ball carrier
- Good instincts allow him to always been around the ball
- Great contact balance about to to survive contact and keep his feet and get involved in the play
- Great tackler, brings his pads and drive through the ball carrier
- High motor that always has him flying to the ball
- Incredible sideline to sideline range
- Uses his burst to shoot through gaps and get into the backfield
- Can get hung up in traffic too often.
- Overly aggressive at times where he can get caught out of position from time to time.
- Lack of splash plays, only three forced turnovers in his career at Oklahoma
- Need to improve his awareness in zone coverage
Murray is a athletic freak whose big, strong and physical. This is especially true when coming downhill to fill holes in the run game. Murray has been highly productive player during his time with the Sooners totaling 337 tackles, while adding 9.5 sacks over his three years. Length and speed are two of Murray’s best attributes as he’s able to go from sideline to sideline using his speed to chase down running backs. Even when defenders are able to get to Murray he’s able to become physical and uses his length to shed blocks. When he’s not moving laterally Murray is able to use his explosiveness to shoot through gaps and create plays in the backfield. In the passing game Murray able to use his athletic ability to be flexed out on tight ends. Murray can struggle at times diagnosing plays and is especially vulnerable on RPO’s and the counter game where he was caught out of position. Part of that could be his aggressiveness. Lack of splash plays are something that is odd with Murray, only forced three turnovers in his career as a Sooner.
Murray is most likely a day two prospect with a chance to slide into the late first found. Projects as a 3-4 inside linebacker lining up on the strong side which allows him to play down hill and punish blockers. Ravens and the Raiders seem like good fits for Murray. He will light up the combine, most likely posting gaudy numbers with his speed and freaky athletic ability.
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