Jamie_B Posted April 28 Report Share Posted April 28 From Dane Burgeler BACKGROUND: Myles Murphy, the youngest of two boys, was born and raised in Marietta, just northwest of Atlanta. He grew up playing baseball, basketball and football, but baseball was his original go-to sport. As well as playing outfield and first base, Murphy was a left-handed pitcher and threw 90 MPH at age 14. He attended Hillgrove High School (same alma mater as several active NFL players, including the Miami Dolphins’ Bradley Chubb and Jacksonville Jaguars’ Evan Engram), where he was a varsity starter as a freshman. As a junior, Murphy posted 55 tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks, helping Hillgrove to a school-record 12 wins. As a senior, he again led Hillgrove to the playoffs and was named a U.S. Army All-American, finishing the 2019 season with 53 tackles, 19.0 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and a blocked kick. Murphy continued playing baseball and basketball through his sophomore year in high school. A five-star recruit, Murphy was the No. 1 strongside defensive end in the 2020 recruiting class and the No. 2 recruit in Georgia (behind tight end Arik Gilbert and two spots ahead of edge rusher Will Anderson). He was ranked as the No. 7 recruit overall and the No. 4 defensive recruit in the country behind only defensive tackle Bryan Bresee, cornerback Kelee Ringo and linebacker Justin Flowe. Murphy had no shortage of college suitors and received his first major offers from Georgia and Auburn as a sophomore, followed shortly by Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Ohio State. He grew up a Crimson Tide fan but didn’t feel at home in Tuscaloosa and narrowed down his final choice to Auburn, Clemson and Georgia (his mother’s alma mater). Murphy visited Clemson double-digit times, before he committed in May 2019 (his main recruiter was Tigers defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall). He enrolled early in January 2020 with plans to major in construction science and management (he wants to become an architect for major structures, including sports stadiums). His father (Willard) played running back and was originally committed to Florida State, but the offer was withdrawn after he suffered a knee injury his senior year in high school. Willard earned a scholarship from TennesseeChattanooga as a linebacker (1980-83) and later played for the Birmingham Stallions in the USFL. Myles’ older brother (Max), who also played at Hillgrove, was a defensive lineman at Worchester Poly Institute (2016-19). Murphy opted out of the 2022 bowl game and skipped his senior season to enter the 2023 NFL Draft STRENGTHS: Outstanding size, length and build … fires upfield as a pass rusher with get-off burst and arc speed … plays balanced on his feet to knife through gaps or drive on the quarterback when stunts create rush lanes … gets the tackle twisted when he widens and times his long-arm move correctly … big, powerful hands to snatch blockers or create knockback … weight-room numbers (405-pound max bench press, 345-pound max power clean) translate to the field … aggressive run defender with the strength to hold the point of attack and spill outside runs … not intimidated by double teams … has the chase effort to close and make tackles away from the line of scrimmage … physical tackler with the strength in his hands to dislodge the football (six forced fumbles) or ground ball carriers with his fingertips … owns a grounded personality and doesn’t want to disappoint his coaches … played in 38 straight games before opting out of the bowl game … dependable backfield production with 37.0 tackles for loss in 38 career games. WEAKNESSES: Undeveloped rush setup … doesn’t show an array of moves or counters, relying more on burst and power … shows off an aggressive bull rush and longarm move but struggles to work off of that … finds himself too far upfield and not a natural hip flipper at the top of his rush … inconsistent eyes and tends to overthink once engaged, leaving him late to react … gets upright in the run game and can be moved by angle blocks … reserved by nature and must develop more of a killer instinct … mediocre pressure and sack numbers relative to his talent (finished third on the team with 34 pressures in 2022) … sidelined for the combine with a left hamstring injury (March 2023). SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Clemson, Murphy lined up at right defensive end in defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin’s multiple fronts but lined up everywhere from 4i or three-technique all the way out to wide nine-technique. A former top 10 high school recruit nationally, he made an immediate impact with the Tigers and posted double-digit tackles for loss each of his three seasons in college. Straight out of central casting with his frame, length and low body fat (13.5 percent in 2022), Murphy fires upfield and quickly gets on blocks, but there is more hesitation than you want to see once he’s. Although he currently lacks diversity in his pass-rush moves/counters, his natural combination of burst, strength and violent hands will overwhelm blockers and allow him to affect the backfield rhythm in different ways. Overall, Murphy lacks efficient move-to-move transitions as a pass rusher, but he is naturally gifted with the explosive traits, play speed and length to be a disruptive leverage-power rusher in the NFL. He projects as a base end in a four-man front with the floor of an NFL starter. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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