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Drafted By: Saints

Combine Results

Grade
5.08 ?
  • 4.61 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.40 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Sean Payton continues to unearth utility running backs he can fit in various roles within his offense. Murphy has potential as a cog in the Saints' wide open offense if he excels during camp. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'8" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 193LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands

Overview

2014: First-team All-SEC (all-purpose). Played in all 14 games with 11 starts. 2013: Second-team All-SEC (all-purpose). Led team in all-purpose, KR and PR yards. 2012: First-team All-SEC return specialist. 2012: First-team All-SEC return specialist. 2011: Redshirted with a torn right shoulder labrum suffered during July 7-on-7 drills. 2010: Played in all 12 games as the primary KR and a reserve RB.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.53 and 4.57 seconds
Vertical jump: 30 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 7 inches
20-yard short shuttle: 4.39 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.16 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Has the foot quickness and acceleration to make something out of nothing when called upon as a runner. Needs to play in space, but has quality traits for a runner, despite size. Has enough speed to turn the corner and hit a big run down the sideline. In passing game, mismatches inside 'backers with razor-sharp cuts to the sideline, creating easy throws for the quarterback. Looks to adjust his routes over the top of coverage if quarterback scrambles. Has excellent hands and concentration to finish a catch despite impending contact. Celebrated kick- and punt-return specialist with seven career return touchdowns at Missouri.

Weaknesses

Needs to improve his reads and feel on stretch plays flowing outside. Small running back with limited amount of carries he can offer in a given game. Tends to float in space as a receiver rather than working back to the ball. Doesn't make the sharp, downhill cuts expected from him as a running back. Missed 2011 with a shoulder injury. He tries to get in the way as a pass blocker, but lacks bulk and strength to be trusted with blitz pickup on next level.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

NFL Comparison

Dexter McCluster

Bottom Line

All-purpose running back with a lean frame and a big heart. Showed consistency of effort and production during his time at Missouri. His value as a runner is limited due to his size, but he has the potential to become a legitimate target out of the backfield and might warrant some reps in camp as a slot receiver. Murphy can step in and immediately challenge for the top spot as a kickoff and/or punt returner.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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