I haven’t profiled a defensive player lately in my Stat Predictions series, so I felt it was perfect timing to take a closer look at the rookie cornerback who’s been turning heads down in Tampa Bay. He runs a 4.42 40-yard dash. Posted a ridiculous 41.5 inch vertical at the Draft Combine. He has fluid hips and that “twitch” factor you look for in highly athletic cornerbacks transitioning to the NFL. Get used to hearing the name Sean Murphy-Bunting.
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As shown above, Murphy-Bunting excels at ball skills and elite recovery speed. He’s always in the hip pocket of his receiver and rarely gives space. His skill set will transition to the next level as he looks to stand out amongst a young group or cornerbacks in the Tampa Bay’s secondary.
– 48 Tackles
– 4 INTs
– 5 Pass Deflections
– 2 Forced Fumbles
– I expect Murphy-Bunting’s career to take off in the same way defensive tackle Vita Vea’s did last year during his rookie season. A slow start due to the immediate jump in pro level competition (played at Central Michigan), but will quickly find his footing because of his football I.Q. I could see a stretch of games on the back half of the Buccaneers season this year where Murphy-Bunting turns in some elite performances at corner. Perhaps the scariest part of Bunting’s game? The fact that he owns the skillset, I.Q. and football intangibles to become a ball hawk AND a lockdown corner in the future. Look out.