Trent Murphy, the former Stanford defensive end, was drafted 47th overall by the Washington Redskins in the 2014 NFL draft. Murphy was incredibly successful in college, and, ultimately, that success made him too tempting for the Redskins to pass up.
Murphy was a strong performer for the Cardinal, racking up sacks and serving as a key component of their formidable front seven. He was a consensus All-American last season and a two-time All-Pac 12 team member.
The former Cardinal is a natural pass-rusher, with good size and strength. He's explosive off the snap and has good strength to power past quicker linemen. He's a natural tackler, showing good instincts and pursuit skills, and he's capable of making plays in open space. He's also a capable defender in coverage, showing good speed and agility.
But, questions remain regarding Murphy's potential. He's too small to be a true defensive end, but not quite quick enough to serve as a pure outside linebacker, either. He struggled against elite competition in the Senior Bowl.
Will Murphy bloom into a fearsome pass-rusher? Or will he struggle to find a place in the NFL? Watch as our draft experts discuss his ceiling and what he brings to the league as a rookie.