Player Profile: Byron Murphy (Cornerback, Washington)

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Washington, RS Sophomore

6’0”, 175 lbs.

Overview: According to most NFL mock drafts, Murphy will be selected in the middle or at the end of the first round. He definitely has all the tools necessary in order to succeed at the next level and is considered to be one of the best defensive backs in the 2019 class. If the Buccaneers plan on acquiring him, they should target him late in the first round. As of now, it seems like he would be a steal at that point in the draft. Collecting additional draft picks for trading down would be an added bonus for the Bucs.

Pros: High football IQ. Seems ready to step right in at the next level. Excellent instincts. Reads the quarterback well and anticipates his passes correctly. Murphy is a ball hawk—he has had 7 career interceptions in just 20 games. Great acceleration. Outstanding tackler. Plays well in run support, too.

Cons: Lacks NFL frame and speed for an outside cornerback. Needs to work on his leaping ability. Does not recover well when beaten after the jam at the line of scrimmage. Has only played in 20 games, which could be a concern.

Source: The Draft Network

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