Jan 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal linebacker Trent Murphy (93) celebrates the touchdown against Michigan State Spartans during the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Profile: Trent Murphy, DE Stanford


Stanford defensive end Trent Murphy is one big, intimidating man.  At 6’5″ and 250 pounds, he can be confused for a defensive tackle at times.  He projects to be a player that could be used as a defensive end or outside linebacker, depending on what the team’s defensive scheme is.

Murphy used to be a steer-wrestler prior to committing himself to football.  This is something that could help him wrangle quarterbacks at the next level.  Murphy could be one of the most underrated players in this year’s draft if he is taken by a team to play defensive end.  I feel that defensive end would give Trent Murphy the best chance to succeed in the NFL.

Here are his statistics over four seasons at Stanford:

  • Sep 7, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal linebacker Trent Murphy (93) sacks San Jose State Spartans quarterback David Fales (10) during the second quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

    43 games played

  • 102 solo tackles
  • 160 total tackles
  • 52.5 tackles for a loss
  • 32.5 sacks
  • 3 forced fumbles
  • 2 interceptions
  • 2 defensive touchdowns

Murphy only played two games his first year at Stanford, and was then moved to outside linebacker.  He flourished in that role, getting better each year until he accumulated 15 sacks during his senior year.

Strengths

  • Strong, lean frame
  • Excellent acceleration
  • High-effort player
  • Great with his hands

Weaknesses

  • Lacks elite speed
  • Could bulk up more for defensive end
  • Could be miscast as an outside linebacker in the NFL

Fit For The Vikings

While Minnesota has added several defensive ends to their stable,they could look to add Trent Murphy as rotational player.

My Take

Murphy could prove to be a steal if he slides to the third round of the draft.  His potential at defensive end is nearly limitless.

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