The NFL Draft kicks off with its opening spherical on April 27 in Kansas Metropolis, so Rivals is looking again at its projected first-round picks after they have been highschool prospects. We transfer on to our projected No. 18 – Clemson defensive finish Myles Murphy, who was ranked fourth total within the 2020 Rivals250.
The place they have been ranked: The Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove five-star was the top-ranked strongside defensive finish within the 2020 class and the No. 1 prospect within the state of Georgia whereas ending fourth total behind Clemson teammate Bryan Bresee and five-star quarterbacks Bryce Younger and D.J. Uiagalelei.
Recruitment: After touchdown affords from throughout the nation with Georgia first and Auburn second after which so many others coming alongside the way in which, it got here all the way down to Auburn and Clemson for the five-star defensive finish. In Might earlier than his senior season, Murphy picked Clemson and cited the success the Tigers had with growing defensive linemen as considered one of many the explanation why they received out in his recruitment.
Largest query: He’s sudden, he has superior size and the bodily instruments to be particular however does Murphy have a plan going into every play and does he have an inside transfer?
Recollections: I’ll at all times bear in mind Murphy being about his enterprise, not the hype, not placing all the things on social media and never in search of consideration at each occasion he ever went to. The alternative was truly true with the five-star defensive finish who simply needed to carry out, get higher and concentrate on what was necessary.
He was terrific on the Rivals occasions through the years together with a loaded Rivals 5-Star Problem in Atlanta the place he simply appeared just like the epitome of what an elite defensive finish ought to appear to be: Lengthy, athletic, aggressive, no unhealthy weight.
On the All-American Bowl, Murphy had his means with five-star offensive lineman Myles Hinton throughout 1-on-1s after which cut up in opposition to one other five-star in Paris Johnson, Jr. Murphy used a formidable push-pull transfer in opposition to each of them that labored however issues over a spread of strikes was seen even then when he’d go outdoors and if that didn’t work (it often did) the five-star didn’t have a lot of a counter.
From a bodily standpoint, Murphy is elite. From a manufacturing standpoint the place he completed with 18.5 sacks in three years at Clemson, that’s phenomenal. He might want to develop a basket of strikes, although, in opposition to NFL offensive tackles as a result of one-trick ponies don’t get very far within the league.