NFL Draft Profile: CB Byron Murphy, Washington

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 09: Defensive back Byron Murphy #1 of the Washington Huskies defends against wide receiver Keenan Curran #6 of the Montana Grizzlies at Husky Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Byron Murphy


HT- 6’0” WT- 175 lbs
DOB- 1/18/1998
Year- RS Sophomore
Recruit- 4 Star
Grade- 84
Games Scouted- Vs Penn State (2016), Vs Arizona State (2018), Vs Utah 2 (2018), Vs Ohio State (2018).
Injury History- Foot (2017). (-1).


SANTA CLARA, CA – NOVEMBER 30: Byron Murphy #1 of the Washington Huskies returns an interception for a touchdown against the Utah Utes during the Pac 12 Championship game at Levi’s Stadium on November 30, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Zone Coverage: Has some room to grow in the zone coverage department. Can play pretty well, keeps things in front of him. However, sometimes doesn’t make the smartest decisions and gets moving the wrong way. 15/20.

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Man Coverage: Excellent man coverage player. Stays attached to his receiver in press, and plays it perfectly in off coverage. Not often times beat. Stays very disciplined. 17/18.

Speed/Athleticism: Excellent speed and athleticism. Burner that could run a sub 4.3 forty. Very athletic, and can make big plays with his athleticism alone. Difficult corner to maneuver around. 17/18.

Tackling: Very solid tackler. Isn’t afraid to hit people, goes after bigger receivers and tight ends too. Good form and strength allows him to make these tackles. 14/16.

Run Support: Can play run support, but didn’t do so very often at Washington. Has the tools, the smarts and the strength to play very well. Takes proper angles in the limited time he helped. 6/10.

Burst/Recovery: Excellent burst and recovery allows him to make big plays on receivers who create seperation well. However, rarely played against quarterbacks who could take advantage of his mistakes. 7/10.

FBI/Attitude: Plays with a good attitude. Very proud of his work. Is generally pretty smart. Doesn’t play the perimeter on screens as well as you would like, but he generally puts himself into the right place. 6/8.

Overall: Byron Murphy brings a whole lot to the table in terms of greatness to help a man coverage oriented scheme. He’s fast, agile, strong and even though he currently lacks the size that would be ideal, he is a prototype cornerback. Murphy will be very valuable to teams, especially in the future, when his overwhelming upside comes to fruition. 82/100.

Personality Assessment:

Very intelligent player. Impressed with his good energy. Smart dude. Won’t have any issues in an NFL locker room. (+3).


Career: 20 Games, 74 Tkls, 7 TFL, 1 Sk, 2 FF, 20 PDs, 6 INTs, 95 Yds, 15.8 Avg, 1 TD.


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