2015 NFL DRAFT

Marcus Murphy, RB

School: Missouri  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: DeSoto, TX
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 198 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
37429-

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.612.721.6811 299'1"4.40-
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.582.711.6614 -09'07"4.407.13

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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Versatility and explosiveness are the keys. Murphy has seen a lot of time at running back, slot receiver and returner and appears well suited to handling these multiple roles at the next level. He lacks prototypical size, of course, but uses his naturally low center of gravity to remain balanced and has terrific agility and burst to go along with vision and soft hands.

Good stop-start quickness to elude and attacks gaps as a runner and especially as a returner, wasting little time going east-west. Accelerates smoothly to pull away into the open, though defenders with an angle can close... Relatively good ball security for a player of his build.

WEAKNESSES: Played in a spread scheme that catered to his athleticism by getting him the ball in space and helped pad his statistics. More quick than fast and may not possess ideal breakaway speed... Looks thinner on tape than his listed weight and may struggle to handle the additional physicality of the NFL. Lacks consistency as a route runner and is strictly a change-of-pace back in the running game, making his value to NFL teams mostly on special teams.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

The NFL is always on the lookout for versatile skill position players and they don't come much more versatile or productive than Murphy, who leaves Missouri with 5,112 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns, scored via running (16), receiving (2), kick returning (5) and punt returning (2).

For all of Murphy's eye-popping production, his numbers actually dropped a bit as a senior as he only rushed for four touchdowns after running for nine in 2013. While he didn't hit paydirt quite as often, Murphy was a much more consistent runner as a senior, logging a career-high 177 carries for 924 yards.

Players with Murphy's natural elusiveness, acceleration and versatility have never been more popular than in today's wide-open NFL. A creative offensive (or special teams) coordinator could see Murphy as a jack of all trades capable of sprinkling big-play ability onto the field in various formations.

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Saints' nine picks: Round 7/230 -- Marcus Murphy, RB/KR, 5-9, 198, Missouri...The Saints were in need of an all-purpose threat like Murphy, who also returned seven kicks for touchdowns while at Missouri. - The Sports Xchange
 

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