Jake Murphy, TE

School: Utah  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Alpine, UT
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 249 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.792.81-24 33-4.277.18
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.782.751.6824 339'6"4.277.18

Player Overview

Murphy lettered for the Utes for three seasons after redshirting in 2010. He started just five games in 2012, but still earned honorable mention all-conference honors and was named to the John Mackey preseason watch list entering his junior season.

He went on to catch 25 passes for 417 yards and five touchdowns in eight games in 2013, missing four games due to a broken wrist.

Murphy announced on Dec. 30 he would forgo his senior season to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

"After a lot of heartfelt thought and consideration, I have decided to forego my senior year at the University of Utah and enter the NFL draft this spring," said Murphy. "This has been a really tough decision for me to make and one that I do not take lightly. In the end, I had to make the choice that was best for my family--my wife and my daughter. Although I will miss playing college football, I am very confident in my abilities and ready to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL.

"I am so grateful for the time I have spent here and the many people who have supported me both on and off the field. I am grateful to Coach Whittingham and his staff for all they have done for me, as well as all of my teammates. I will watch their future success with much excitement and pride. No matter where life takes me, I will always feel privileged to be a part of this great Ute family."

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks the part of an NFL tight end with an athletic, well-developed frame. Versatile, pro-ready tight end with experience in the traditional in-line role, as well as flexed out wide and as an H-back.

He possesses soft hands with good hand-eye coordination and body control to make catches outside of his frame and good concentration to make the contested grab with defenders surrounding him. Strong runner after the catch, showing the leg drive and toughness to fight through arm tackles. Good flexibility and agility to gain a free release and generate separation from defenders. Possesses just average initial quickness but accelerates smoothly and has good top-end speed for the position.

Became a stronger, more physical blocker in 2013. Impressive athletic bloodlines, as his father, Dale Murphy was a six-time National League all-star in Major League Baseball and his brother, Shawn, played at Utah State and spent some time with the Denver Broncos.

WEAKNESSES: While sporting the broad-shouldered, well-built frame normally associated with this position, Murphy does not consistently play with the power his build suggests. He is a willing blocker but often lined up on the wing as a "move" tight end, taking advantage of his athleticism, rather than power to turn and shield defenders from the ball.

Suffered a broken wrist against UCLA on Oct. 3 and missed four games in 2013 as a result. At 24 years-old, Murphy is older than most prospects.

COMPARES TO: Dennis Pitta, Ravens - Just as Pitta was when leaving BYU, Murphy has been overlooked a bit from a national perspective, but his soft hands and sharp route-running could help him emerge as a reliable security blanket in the NFL.

--Rob Rang

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