Murphy's evaluation has a similar road to Travon Walker - he's the full package of size, power and high floor run defense. He lacks pass rush production, but part of me thinks the right scheme will unleash that ability (he does pack a powerful long arm move). He'd be the 'big end' in Saleh's defense, ultimately replacing John Franklin-Myers.
* = unofficial measurement
A dense edge defender with good straight line speed, strength and effort, Murphy’s pass rush polish is still marinating.
He can generate direct force off the snap, using both a long arm and push-pull effectively. In Clemson’s defense, he wasn’t granted the attacking green light you’d hope for. There are a ton of plays where he is asked to read and react, which he was efficient with as a run defender. Yet, this limited him winning with outright athleticism at the rate you’d expect when rushing the passer.
His counter moves when rushing are a work in progress. He’ll need to develop these as he doesn’t win with twitch or overall quickness. He’s going to find himself in stalemates and working through them is key. His effort and hustle is above average, which makes you optimistic he’ll be more impactful as he develops. I still came away from the tape wishing he played with more of an edge.
NFL coaching staffs will love Murphy because his size, motor and straight line athleticism sets a high floor against the run. It might take a few years for him to win as a pass rusher consistently.