NFL Draft: Raiders Scouting - Myles Murphy

NFL Draft: Making The Case For Myles Murphy At No. 7

With the NFL season coming to an end soon, now is a good time to take a look at what the offseason might entail. One benefit to the otherwise depressing year for the Silver and Black will be their high draft pick. Since the Las Vegas Raiders won six games, they’ll get the seventh pick in this April’s draft. Myles Murphy is a player they absolutely should consider with that pick in a few months at the 2023 NFL Draft.

Check out our latest Raiders scouting report down below.

Raiders Scouting: Who Is Myles Murphy?

Myles Murphy is a very talented edge rusher out of the University of Clemson. Murphy was a highly rated recruit coming out of high school and had the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, and other powerhouses all over him.

Murphy would go on to choose Clemson, and it was there that he developed into one of the better players in all of college football. Myles had six and a half sacks in 2022, along with 11 tackles for a loss and two pass deflections to go with a forced fumble as well.

Strengths

Murphy’s potential resides in the sheer upside he brings with him. He has a ton of raw skills. His size, strength, and speed create a unique combination that is a walking nightmare for opposing offensive tackles. His strength is on full display here:

Murphy proved to be more of a project in college, and he’ll likely have the same future at the next level. What’s encouraging about this is that Murphy has continued to develop each year, and his production has advanced parallel to that as well. Murphy has played on multiple different fronts as well and has proven himself to consistently be a difference-maker no matter the talent he faces. If selected by the Raiders, Murphy would be an extremely dynamic option across from Maxx Crosby.

Weaknesses

One of the main weaknesses Murphy has is finishing. His motor is incredible, and he finds himself in the backfield often, but he wasn’t able to finish plays as much as he probably would have liked to. This helps explain his slightly lower sack number, at just 6.5.

The only other main weakness Myles Murphy has is his speed from sideline to sideline. He gets up the field with ease, but when moving laterally in run defense, he can be a bit slow. This is something that can be improved at the NFL level, though, as can his ability to finish plays. Both of these things need to be improved by Murphy, but there’s no reason to suggest that won’t happen.

NFL Draft Projection for Myles Murphy?

  • Early First Round

Pro Comparison:

  • Ceiling: Ezekiel Ansah
  • Floor: Travon Walker

*Top Photo: 247 Sports

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