Some prospects haven’t tested just yet in the 2023 NFL Draft process, waiting for their own pro days. Myles Murphy was one, and he crushed it.
We’re nearing the end of the process leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft. Pro days are nearly done, and now we move to the “second pro days”, or rather, workouts for some of the top prospects. One of those prospects is Clemson edge rusher Myles Murphy.
Murphy has been firmly established in top 10 talk since the summer, but he’s taken a slight dip in terms of stock, as the media might be catching up to what the NFL really thinks of him. While Murphy has been a starter since his freshman year, the numbers haven’t been the best. His best season was in 2021, where he accumulated 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. That production took a dip in 2022 (just 6.5 sacks, 11 TFLs), and his body of work might remind the NFL of previous edge rushers from Clemson who haven’t panned out.
Still, Murphy had an opportunity with the pro day workout to impress NFL teams. It was reported that nearly every team was there to watch Murphy, and the numbers and workout was excellent. At 6’4 7/8″ and 268 pounds, Murphy has the build of a bigger edge rusher who can handle things on all three downs. His 4.51-second 40 yard dash turned heads at that size, as did his elite of elite 10-yard split (1.59 seconds). That 10-yard split is in the 99th percentile of edge rushers, and that includes players like Nolan Smith, who is 30 pounds lighter. The agility numbers weren’t top notch, but both landed in the 70s in terms of percentile.
Overall, a strong day from Myles Murphy should at the very least confirm the athleticism on tape, but might have evaluators checking back in on some. Murphy’s first-step explosiveness is very good for his size, and he has the power and length to both anchor versus the run and to keep tackles away from establishing leverage on him. Murphy definitely must expand his repertoire to consistently get to the quarterback, but there’s an impressive baseline of traits to work with for NFL teams.
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Those great numbers will of course keep him in round one when the 2023 NFL Draft gets underway at the end of the month, but it’ll be interesting to see where he falls in a loaded edge group with different types of edge defenders. The box was checked, and now Murphy looks to the draft.