RD 6: Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
Why they picked Murphy
The Packers’ starting five on the offensive line seem as solid as ever going into he 2016 season. JC Tretter and second-round pick Jason Spriggs also offer quality backup talent.
However, with Sitton, Lang, Bakhtiari, and Tretter going into the last year on their contracts, Green Bay was wise to spend at least two draft picks at the position this offseason.
Murphy was tremendous value in the sixth round. He has starting experience at both right and left tackle in one of the most productive rushing attacks in all of college football.
Many feel he could also make the move to guard in the NFL because he’s so physical at the line of scrimmage.
Murphy’s role in 2016
Murphy instantly offers depth on the Packers offensive line and could even compete with Lane Taylor and veteran backup Don Barclay for a roster spot. In the very least, he should make the Packers practice squad.
The All-Pac-12 offensive lineman would be an interesting guard prospect. He lacks the athleticism to be a true left tackle, but he’ a tough road grader in the run game and could add weight to build a stronger base if he plays on the inside.
Murphy could work in the weight room and develop in his rookie season and then compete for a key role on the offensive line in 2017 if either Sitton or Lang depart in free agency.
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