2014 NFL Draft: More First Round Prospects for the Green Bay Packers

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Stanford Cardinal linebacker Trent Murphy (93) sacks San Jose State Spartans quarterback David Fales (10). Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Trent Murphy – Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Stanford, 6-6, 261 (4.80)

Murphy is a tough player that recorded 15 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss as a senior. He was one of the top pass rushers in college football in 2013, and perhaps the top defensive player in the PAC-12.

Murphy plays hard and possesses a high-motor that allows him to make plays all over the field. He played well in the Rose Bowl against a good Michigan State offensive line and is a scrappy player that could help any defense out in the NFL.

Murphy played as a 3-4 defensive end in Stanford’s defensive scheme, but some believe Murphy projects better as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

However, Murphy may lack the speed to be an effective edge rusher at the next level. Athleticism will be the biggest concern about Murphy. His 40 time at the NFL Combine may push him out of the first round.

If the Packers drafted the Stanford prospect to play defensive end, Murphy would need to add a considerable amount of weight. It’s the uncertainty on where to place Murphy on the field that makes him a tough buy for a first round pick.