6’6” – 261 lbs. – 4.90e
2010: 2 – 1.0 – 1.0
2011: 40 – 10.0 – 6.5, 1 PD
2012: 56 – 18.0 – 10.0, 6 QBH, 1 FF, 4 PD, 1 INT (TD)
Redshirted in 2009, then appeared in just two games as a redshirt freshman in 2010. Became a full-time starter at outside linebacker in 2011, a role he continued in 2012 en route to being named an All-Pac-12 First Team selection. Was named to every relevant watch list prior to the 2013 season.
• Massive player with an ideal build for a professional pass rusher.
• Highly decorated three-year starter with outstanding production.
• Has rushed out of both two-and-three-point stances in college.
• Already has some experience dropping into zone coverages.
• Strong enough to drive defenders back into the passer with bull rush.
• Possesses adequate initial burst on the snap, average closing burst.
• Effective at chipping bigger tight ends and preventing easy releases.
• Can anchor versus offensive tackles and scrape down the line.
• Capable at setting the edge against outside runs and redirecting runners.
• Top-end speed is well below-average, lateral agility is mediocre.
• Despite experience there, is not an ideal coverage option (zone or man.)
• Takes some wide angles to the passer, creating big rushing lanes.
• Not an outstanding run defender, runs himself out of the play at times.
• Takes plenty of plays off, especially on runs to the opposite side.
• Lots of his production comes via second effort or when unblocked.
• Ceiling is limited due to his athletic limitations, starting experience.
• May be one of those players whose game doesn’t really translate.
Murphy is among the most productive pass rushers in the draft, with outstanding size and three years of experience doing pretty much everything 3-4 outside linebackers are asked to do, but his overall movement skills are lacking, which may restrict what he can do at the pro level. His best fit is probably as a strong-side “elephant” linebacker in an odd defensive front. Not as impressive on tape as his statistics suggest. RD 4