Trent has the athletic talent and football intelligence to play multiple
positions in varying styles of defense. He can play as a Defensive End in a 4-3,
a Defensive End in a 3-4 and also could play OLB in a 3-4 defense. He can play
in a 1-gap defense or a 2-gap defense on the defensive line. He is strong at the
point of attack and has the explosion off the line to become a power pass
rusher. Trent has very good feet and excellent balance. He is a team player who
will time up his stunts and take on double teams so his teammates can be free to
make impact plays. He has the size and body type that can add bulk if he needs
to along with those long arms that make it easy for him to shed and make tackles
in the hole. Trent shows true leadership skills through his play on the field.
He has the intelligence to understand what the offense is doing and how to
attack them. Trent can set up an offensive lineman to make an impact play at the
most important time of a game. Trent seems to have the natural strength and
stamina needed to impact in the 4th quarter of a game. I call him Trent (Hide A
Way) Murphy because he is always taking on a double team and is hidden away by
the Stanford defense. He reminds me of Rams DE Chris Long.
Trent is such a team player that he gets overlooked, but trust me -- Trent is
the real deal. He needs to learn more pass rushing moves and needs to play one
position instead of bouncing around to different positions. This will allow him
to set up his opponent and impact.
Trent is the type of player you build your defense around. He is not flashy.
Coaches and teammates will have a tendency to appreciate him more than fans will
at first, but the longer he is on the field, the more the fans will understand
how important to the whole team concept Trent is. I think his impact position
will be as a strong side Defensive End in a 3-4 defense because he is very
strong against the run, handles double teams easily and his quickness and
explosion off the line will be a problem for most right guards to handle when he
is pass rushing. However, as I said earlier, he can play multiple positions in
multiple styles of defenses. In the Stanford defense, opponents have to double
team him as he moves around which frees up others to make plays. I suspect the
closer we get to the draft, the more you will hear about Trent – particularly
after his workouts and if he plays in the Senior Bowl. I would not hesitate to
draft him at any point in the first round. Trent (Hide A Way) Murphy because
right now the Stanford defense has him hidden away like a hide a way Murphy bed
you pull out and use when you need it.