Clemson’s Murphy: Skipping bowl to enter draft

Clemson’s Murphy: Skipping bowl to enter draft


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Clemson defensive end Myles Murphy, Mel Kiper’s No. 10 overall projected player in the upcoming draft, told ESPN on Tuesday that he’s skipping the Orange Bowl and will declare for the NFL draft.

Murphy is one of the top prospects in the draft, as he’s Kiper’s No. 1-ranked defensive end. He is expected to be the latest in a long line of Clemson defensive linemen to go high in the draft, joining the likes of Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence.

“It really came fast,” Murphy told ESPN of his time at Clemson. “Three Years ago today, I was getting prepared to head to Clemson. It was a very fast transition. It’s now time to move on to the next stage and chapter of my life. Every major decision I make, I return to my family and make it a team and family decision. It was unanimously agreed upon and deemed the best decision. “

Murphy is an end who is best suited for a 4-3 scheme, and he’s expected to bring elite speed to that position. He’s expected to run the 40-yard dash somewhere in the range of 4.6 seconds at the NFL combine. Murphy stated that Murphy’s uniqueness is his speed and power.

“There’s that speed combined with very good strength in my long arm move,” Murphy said. Murphy said, “Just those two things. Being able to be both a very fast defensive lineman and a speed rusher that is very powerful at the time. It is important for offensive linemen to think about these two opposites. “

Murphy projects to have a high ceiling in the NFL, as ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller has him as the No.

Murphy is the No. 5 overall draft player.

He finished his Clemson career with elite production, as he compiled 36.0 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks in his three years. He earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2022.

When asked what a team will be getting when they pick him, Murphy said, “Really just a very elite player, honestly,” he said. The sky is the limit. The more I work, the better I am at being a player. “

Murphy appreciated the bond with his coaching staff and teammates at Clemson, especially the mix of characters in the defensive line room.

“Playing that last practice and having that bond that we had,” he said. “That was going be the hardest thing. … The entire defensive line. It’s all about the mix of personalities. Every day is fun, interesting, and funny. “

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