Stanford's Trent Murphy led the nation in 2013 with 15 sacks playing outside linebacker in the Cardinal's 3-4 defense, but defensive end looks to be his position in the NFL.
Murphy said playing end is "kind of where my upside is," in an interview Tuesday on "NFL AM" He measured 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine -- he was listed at 6-6 and 261 at Stanford.
Murphy said he would need to add weight to play end but noted that shouldn't be a problem because his dad is 6-7 and 290 pounds. He said pulling out a picture of his dad at the combine made some teams happy.
Murphy ran a slower-than-expected 4.86 in the 40, but his time of 6.78 seconds in the three-cone drill was the second-best among the linebackers and would've been the best among all defensive linemen.
Murphy said he will run the 40 again March 20 at Stanford's pro day and will be looking to take a tenth of a second or two off his time at the combine. He also will be looking to "dominate the position drills."
Stanford played eight games against teams that were ranked at kickoff in 2013, and Murphy had 8.5 sacks in those contests. He had 32.5 sacks in 43 career games, to go along with 52.5 tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups and 160 total tackles.
He was asked about possibly joining a bunch of former Stanford teammates, including Andrew Luck, in Indianapolis and admitted that was appealing. But he also said "it'd be fun to be able to hit Andrew finally," though he said Luck would find a way to make Murphy feel bad about doing it.
Murphy also said former Cardinal teammate Jonathan Martin is training at Stanford now and that he expects Martin to get another chance to show how good a football player he can be.
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