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- Height: 6’ 5”
- Weight: 275
- College: Clemson
- Year: Junior
- Position: Defensive End
- Number: 98
A native of Marietta, Georgia Myles Murphy came to Clemson with a big reputation. He was ranked as ESPN.com number 3 recruit (number 2 defensive recruit) in his class and the number 1 player in Georgia before committing to Clemson on May 17 2019.
In his freshman season, Murphy was named a Freshman All-American after recording 51 tackles, (12 for loss), 4 sacks, 3 force fumbles and a pass break-up over his first 12 starts
2021 continues to be a great season for the talented defensive end – ending up with second-team All-ACC recognition. He finished the season with 7 sacks and a forced fumble.
- Year on year growth
- Developed pass rush moves
- First step
What is exciting about Murphy is that we only appear to be seeing the tip of the iceberg of what he is capable of. Each year he has continued to develop in all facets of his game. That exponential growth should seem him coveted by NFL teams as they look to draft and develop starting calibre defensive ends. Each year Murphy appears to have reflected on his game. Identifying what he is good at and looked to improve on the elements he has been less polished in,
Murphy has a veritable ‘smorgasbord’ of counters at his disposal. Both initially, when contacting offensive lineman, but also has the ability to transition to another move in his repertoire should his initial plan be shut down. He has the size, length and hand power to use this array of moves to his advantage.
The Clemson defensive end is also very quick off the snap with an explosive first step. This not only allows him to set the edge very well, but, also burst inside interior gaps and find his way into the backfield.
- Lateral movement
Whilst incredibly strong and with great length, Murphy can rely on this to better his opponent. Something which he will not always be able to rely upon at the next level with a bigger, stronger offensive lineman. If he learns to use his arm length and strength to out leverage, rather than outpower, opponents he may well become even more productive and dangerous.
Whilst athletically gifted, Murphy does appear a little tight around the hips at times. He does not have elite-level lateral movement skills. I think this at times can see him out manoeuvred by RBs and QBs, as his ability to suddenly change direction is not his strong point.
Myles Murphy has shown why he has been highly touted as a recruit coming out of high school. His time at Clemson has seen him see the field early and often. By the time the NFL draft rolls around, he will have had 3 seasons starting and only just have turned 21.
Providing he continues to progress throughout the 2022 season, with all the traits required to play at the defensive end position, experience and the ability to develop year upon year, the Clemson Tiger should be highly sought after come Draft night.
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