Scouting Report: Trent Murphy

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With the offseason underway, it is draft/free agency season. In this segment, “Scouting Report”, I will be posting scouting reports of who I believe the Cowboys should covet in the 2014 NFL Draft. Stay tuned daily, as I will be writing a few per day.

Background

Trent Murphy has been a mainstay for the Cardinal at Stanford for years. He is well-known and well-respected for being one of the toughest and hardest workers on the football field. He is a redshirt senior, who has enjoyed four straight successful seasons for the Cardinal.

Measurements

- 6-6, 261 pounds

- 4.75 40-yard dash

Info

- Award watch list (Bednarik, Nagurski, Butkus, Rotary Lombardi)

- Preseason All-American second team

- Preseason All-PAC-12

Strengths

- Can fit into any defensive system

- Extremely versatile

- Light on his feet

- Great football IQ

- Sure tackler

- Great instincts

- Reads play extremely well

- Tough as nails

- Knowledgable kid

Weaknesses

- Does not stop running backs in the backfield

- Can miss sacks

- Can be inconsistent

- Can look lost at times

The Fit

When Jason Garrett took over as the head coach, he wanted to draft players who were tough and who would compete no matter the circumstances. This is the prototypical pick for Jason Garrett. Murphy is a blue-collar player who will work his tail off at all times. He is an extremely fun player to watch. With the ability to play as a defensive end or a WILL linebacker, it will be fun to watch more on Murphy in the future. Murphy could be Dallas’ first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Murphy is just a hard-nosed player, who is always on top of his game.

Scout Grade: 88/100

Follow me on Twitter for more 2014 NFL Draft/Free Agency Coverage: @ryanrattyDFW

Topics: 2014 NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones, Trent Murphy

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