Byron Murphy

Washington

Prospect Info

College
Washington
Hometown
Class
Scottsdale, AZ
r-Sophomore
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
190 lbs
30 1/8”
Hands
8 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.95
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Arizona
Cardinals
Round 2 ‧ Pick 1
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.55u
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Bench Press
14
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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In a rare feat, Murphy was an All-American high school receiver (88-1,733, 21 TDs) at Saguaro High in the Phoenix area, and also a finalist for an award for the top defensive back in high school football (seven INTs). The top 100 national recruit signed with UW to play cornerback, redshirting his first year on campus and winning the team's Defensive Scout Player of the Year for his work at practice. His freshman year began and ended with three starts, but he lost seven midseason games to a broken foot suffered in practice. He played well in a return to Arizona that year, making seven tackles, two for loss, a sack, and an interception against Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. Murphy's sophomore season met high expectations, as he earned first-team All-Pac-12 and second-team Associated Press All-American accolades. In 13 starts, he collected 58 tackles, four for loss, and led the team with four interceptions (one returned for a score) and 13 pass deflections. He and Arizona State receiver N'Keal Harry attended high school together their sophomore years and have remained close friends ever since.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Brent Grimes
Overview
Ball-hawking man corner who makes up for a lack of physical tools with outstanding instincts, toughness, and short-area quickness. Murphy's ball production per target is as good as you will find thanks to an innate ability to process the quarterback and route development simultaneously. His long speed is below average and will panic and start grabbing when he ends up in an unexpected trail position. His short-area twitch and run support toughness could make him an early target for teams looking for help at the nickel.
Strengths
  • His body type is a little underdeveloped, but he's not small
  • Has all the football IQ and instincts teams look for
  • Coached to maintain sight-line to quarterback for optimal recognition
  • Generally stays in-phase
  • Twitchy feet for instant plant and drive
  • Made plays on 31 percent of his targeted throws over two years
  • Posted 7 interceptions and 20 pass breakups in just 87 career targets
  • Good downfield body control to track and play the ball
  • Hyper-competitive in his run-support duties
  • Steps downhill and strikes like an angry safety
  • Has twitch and toughness for consideration at nickel spot
Weaknesses
  • Lacks height, weight, speed numbers associated with outside corners
  • Has played in just 20 career games
  • Below-average footwork to adjust to receiver's release
  • Grabs and hitches to receiver to help match the pattern
  • Comes in hot and can overrun the tackle
  • Quicker than fast with questionable long speed
  • Bumpy backpedal and lacks fluidity in his transition
  • Can be stacked by big targets
  • Doesn't appear to be an explosive leaper
  • Average recovery burst when beaten from press
GRADE
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