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Drafted By: Chiefs
  • Round 4
  • Pick 8
  • Overall 106

Combine Results

Grade
5.42 ?
  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 39.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.05 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.19 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Kansas City lost some key players in their secondary so going CB right after addressing their offense makes sense. DC Bob Sutton will value his aggressiveness in his press-man scheme but Murray likely earns a role as a subpackage corner early on. -Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 3/4" Arm Length
  • 199LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Murray's size, durability (started 39 straight games) and physical nature should land him near the top of NFL teams' cornerback wish list. The 2014 second-team and 2015 third-team All-Big Ten selection's experience in press man coverage is extensive, and his ball skills are good enough to make plays (two interceptions, 24 pass break-ups) when given the opportunity. He stepped up his play as a senior, making more plays behind the line (four tackles for loss) and lining up ball carriers for the big hit, forcing three fumbles. He's also a special-teams stalwart who blocked two punts in 2014, which will only increase his impact as a rookie on Sundays.

Analysis

Strengths

Plays with excellent technique when running vertically with wideouts. Maintains good positioning and crowds receiver's chest forcing him against the sideline. Looks to smother any and every route underneath from press ­man coverage. Talented in trial technique. Uses a quick jab to the shoulder that can be very effective on unsuspecting targets. Not content to ride blocks and battles to get to a tackle in his area. Disciplined in zone coverage. Able to maintain focus on quarterback and wide receiver. Will look to make a play outside his area if he thinks he can jump the throw. Adequate close­out burst to the ball.

Weaknesses

Tight in his hips with a labored transition from press coverage. Tightness causes momentary stalling when changing directions laterally putting him behind in his coverage. Let’s weight drift outside his framework causing balance issues. Needs to widen base a little to improve his balance. Top-end speed looks average on tape. Doesn’t have mentality of a small cornerback but his size is a detriment outside. Can be locked down by big, physical receivers when attempting to do his part against the run.

Draft Projection

Round 5

Bottom Line

Too small to play outside, but has enough cover skills and toughness against the run to make it in the league as a slot cornerback. Murray's instincts and vision serve him well in zone coverage, which might be where he is at his best, but he shouldn’t be considered limited to just zone­-based defenses. He will be challenged by quality quarterback play at the Senior Bowl and a good week there could solidify him in the middle rounds.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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