Trent Murphy   DE   Stanford

TALENT BOARD ROUND  1

STRENGTHS
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.

CONCERNS
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.

BOTTOM LINE
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.

Drew Boylhart
Dec/2013