The past few seasons, Stanford has built a respectable reputation for producing offensive linemen. From current players like David DeCastro to Andrus Peat to over two decades ago with former All-American Bob Whitfield. This upcoming NFL Draft has another name to possibly add to Stanford lineman who obtained an NFL career. Let’s scout and breakdown Stanford offensive tackle Kyle Murphy.
Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
Weight: 300 lbs
Strengths: A solid, well-managed 300 lbs….Not overly athletic but more athleticism than a number of linemen…Usually the first or second off the snap and gets hands on defenders first…..Good arm length, which prevents defensive linemen from crash into his chest….Solid run blocker which is evident in a run heavy Stanford offense….Solid football IQ.
Weaknesses: Not a huge fan of his footwork, will have to get his feet more active at the next level….Seems to block as if he’s lunging which linemen can easily maneuver around….At times, keeps his head down when engaging blocks….Can get a little clumsy at time and falls every now and then during blocks, but that can improve with better footwork and a stronger lower base…Pass protection needs improvement….Better off as a right tackle than left.
Bottom line: Murphy has enough tools for NFL teams to work with. He brings the natural ability with being 6’7 with long arms. At this stage he’s a better run than pass blocker. Murphy is more of a fit for an offense similar to Stanford that is run heavy. If he can improve his foot work and get a little more power in his base, I can see him being versatile and able to play left and right tackle. If he can’t, right tackle is in his future.