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Packers Select OT Kyle Murphy in 2016 NFL Draft, Round 6

Packers Select OT Kyle Murphy in 2016 NFL Draft, Round 6

With thier 6th round draft pick (200th overall), in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

Measurables/Combine:

6'6'', 305 lbs, 33 1/2 in arms, 5.19s 40-yard dash, 23 reps at 225 lbs

Career Notes: 

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. 

 

Scouting Report:

Positives:

  • 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.

Negatives:

  • 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.

 

Commentary: 

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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jh9's picture

IMO, getting Kyle Murphy at pick #200 was a steal. Adding Spriggs and Murphy to the OL has given the Packers depth at that position they haven't had.

In fact, I believe it could be argued that the OL is the only position that has actually been strengthened by this draft. All the other draft picks can at best be described as replacements for talent that has left like Raji or will be leaving like Neal.

The TKstinator's picture

All players are eventually leaving.

jh9's picture

A very insightful comment.

Amanofthenorth's picture

An even more insightful comment.

jh9's picture

Thank you!

Jersey Al's picture

Murphy was my sleeper pick at OT in the CheeseheadTV draft guide. However, I wouldn't be shocked if the Packers plan to look at him inside at guard, too,

RCPackerFan's picture

Similar to Lang/Sitton. Could be one of their replacements next year.

DrealynWilliams's picture

I'll never disapprove picking an OL while #12 is the starting QB.

Evan's picture

Can't wait to see this 8 man OL they roll out this year.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Lol, you bet not have 1 bad word to say about Bahk,Sitton,Linsley,Lang, or Bulaga this upcoming season.

Evan's picture

Ha...never. I'm the eternal optimist.

Rills10's picture

I have a question. How does our backup quarterback Hundley compare to the QBs who were picked in this year's draft?

The TKstinator's picture

Hundley is vastly superior to all of them in every way.

RCPackerFan's picture

This draft for the Packers was a draft of bulking up in the trenches. Drafting 4 of 7 players on the OL and DL. Also adding an OLB and ILB really showed that they wanted to improve from the inside out of the team.

Adding speed at WR can really help also.

Hopefully Packers work some magic and get some good UDFAs.

Evan's picture

Seems like a nice player, but I really don't see where all these OL are gonna fit on the 53. These things tend to work themselves out, but still...

RCPackerFan's picture

And that is exactly what my problem was with it.

Right now I would say Bakhtiari, Sitton, Linsley, Lang, Bulaga, Spriggs and Tretter are all locks. Murphy's virtually a lock as is Taylor with his contract.

That's 9 OL right now virtually locked into the 53.

Evan's picture

This ain't the Sherman era. :)

I'm just basing it on TT's history. Last year he kept 9, but in previous years he pretty much has always kept 8 OL.

Now, with likely only 2 QBs and 2 FBs this year, he has spaces to play with. I just don't think 9 or 10 OL is smart roster construction.

RCPackerFan's picture

A good possibility of them going with 1 FB this year too.

Evan's picture

I did not find 3 fullbacks smart, no.

DrealynWilliams's picture

This is when it was Kuhn, forgot the 2nd guy but he also played LB in a pinch, and Quinn Johnson -- right? I liked that group. ESPECIALLY when we ran out of the Wishbone (Fullhouse). They all had important roles on Offense and Special Teams.

Evan's picture

Korey Hall...ugh

al bundy's picture

I know mike loves kuhn. Ut two fullbacks when many teams have none is screwy to me. With everything going on i may havemissed if they re signed kuhn or not.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Why do they all need to fit? Cut the ones at the bottom and maybe try and stash them on the PS if they are good enough. That's football.

sonomaca's picture

We saw what happened last year when injuries decimated the offensive line late in the season. It wasn't pretty. That won't happen next year.

Is it safe to say that the Packers have done enough to get back to the BIG DANCE? They have an easy schedule (on paper, at least). They've plugged some holes. The receivers are healthy. Lacy's in shape. What else?

DrealynWilliams's picture

What else?

Just gotta make the plays.

Otto's picture

They need to keep their pad level low.

Otto's picture

They need to communicate better.

J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

better position coaches and in one instance the addition of a position coach will help. I doubt they're going to tailor only to the vets and let the newbies play catch up this year. We may be teaching NFL fundamentals to the youngins and developing them.

Otto's picture

This seems more like a wake-up call to the O-line back ups, than a depth strategy. "You played terrible and are replaceable." Seems to be the subtext.

Amanofthenorth's picture

And sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

sonomaca's picture

UDFA

Manoa Pikula, ILB
Makinton Dorleant, CB

sonomaca's picture

Pikula's in the same mold as Martinez. Try hard guy.

Dorleant is fast, strong, but under 6'

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

Are you just hitting the keyboard or are those real people? I mean on your comment above.

Rossonero's picture

Mike McCarthy said before the draft that the Packers "need to get bigger." It's clear that thinking came through with picking the two big tackles, Kyler Fackrell is 6'5" and Dean Lowery is 6'6".

Although Barclay was re-signed, he may not make the roster. Matt Rotherham will also be fighting for a roster spot.

It's interesting that they did not select a RB. They must be happy with Lacy's progress and aren't concerned about Starks' age or injury history.

sonomaca's picture

They must really like Crockett. However, I'd expect to see an UDFA or two.

Rossonero's picture

I'd love Josh Ferguson. Jonathan Franklin type RB.

sonomaca's picture

The Colts just signed Josh Ferguson, RB from Illinois.

sonomaca's picture

Geronimo Allison, WR, Illinois

third UDFA

Tall, but slow. Very slim. Red zone guy?

sonomaca's picture

Brandon Burks, RB, Troy is a Packer

sonomaca's picture

He's a short, fast, strong guy. Maybe a 3rd down back type.

sonomaca's picture

Can catch. Good athlete.

RCPackerFan's picture

Who are u following to see these signings?

sonomaca's picture

Newest Packer is Don Jackson, RB, Nevada

Can't see too much special here.

DrPacker's picture

N-E-E-D A P-U-N-T-E-R (said it slowly so it could be fully absorbed).

HankScorpio's picture

Peter Mortell says he signed with the Packers. He punted for U of Minnesota.

sonomaca's picture

As discussed on this site, Joe Callahan, QB, signed with the Pack

The TKstinator's picture

Isn't that the guy from the movie Draft Day?
Did his teammates come to his birthday party or not?
What did he do with the $100 bill?

sonomaca's picture

Reggie Gilbert, DE, Arizona
Cory Tucker, OL, Slippery Rock

sonomaca's picture

Josh Hawkins, Corner

sonomaca's picture

Dale Pierson, DE, Iowa State

sonomaca's picture

Packers leaders in the clubhouse with 10 FA signings.

sonomaca's picture

David J. Grinnage, TE, NC State

sonomaca's picture

Tyler Kuder, DT, Idaho State

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

The glut at OL and WR probably will work out, but...it is unusual to put a 5th rounder on the PS (Abby comes to mind, but he had injury concerns). There was a thread on this issue a while back, somewhere, about how it did not make sense to draft a mediocre rated WR. Consensus was that it only made sense to take a WR in rounds 1, 2, 3 or 7. Having speed does not make you a gunner. Janis has value on STs. Maybe GB already knows what it is going to do with 7 WRs, but I do not.

I suppose Murphy is a PS candidate. It is uncommon for 6th rounders not to make the team, but it happens. I like Murphy, but cannot help but note that we already have 6 OL locked in. Spriggs is a lock, so 7. Taylor is a good bet due to the $600K guaranteed and his decent play, so 8. They paid Rotherham while on the PS, and Walker made the 53. Roster management will certainly be interesting.

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