With thier 6th round draft pick (200th overall), in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
6'6'', 305 lbs, 33 1/2 in arms, 5.19s 40-yard dash, 23 reps at 225 lbs
In Murphy's first full year as a starter in his junior season, he finished 2nd-Team All-Pac-12 at right tackle. Murphy switched to the left side in 2015 to protect new Kansas City quarterback Kevin Hogan who in turn enjoyed a great senior season at Stanford. Murphy's smash mouth ground game also paved the way for running back Christian McCaffrey, and he took home more honors, this time making 1st-Team All-Conference. Murphy was able to refine his skills as a pass blocker while playing left tackle, but he struggles with quick edge rushers. He provides solid technique with a toughness in the ground game and the versatility to play guard or tackle in the NFL.
- CBS Sports: Murphy's quick start and length make him a formidable opponent in pass protection. He slides well laterally and is alert to stunts and blitzes, getting a strong shove on one defender before switching off to another. While quick enough to get to the second level as a run blocker, Murphy can get off-balance when attempting to change direction.
- NFL.com: Will get stiff legged at impact in protection, raising pad level and losing anchor leverage. Needs to play more flat-footed when shooting his punch. Speed to power rushers give him problems so may need to make inside hand placement a greater priority.
Kyle Murphy adds versatility to the Green Bay line, and Ted Thompson seems to only draft linemen that played left tackle in college. He could be used at a variety of spots along the line, but his slow feet might keep him to right tackle or guard. He engages well and walls off defenders but doesn't churn his feet or keep moving. In your face as a run blocker which the Packers should love. He will have to compete with Don Barclay, JC Tretter, Lane Taylor, and practice squad holdovers Garth Gerhart, Kyle Vucjnovich, and Josh Walker for a spot on the final 53-man roster. Not to mention 2nd round draft choice Jason Spriggs.
Thompson wraps up his draft with another offensive lineman which is a move towards 2017 as Bakhtiari, Lang, and Sitton are all due for new contracts. Although Thompson targeted multiple linebackers in the middle rounds, a chance on Arizona's Scooby Wright III or another position of need would have been a welcoming sight. Murphy provides versaitility and toughness to the Packers, but he will need to get stronger and better his footwork in order to hold up against outside rushers in today's NFL.
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