Byron Murphy II
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Byron Murphy II
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Byron Murphy II DL Texas | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Byron Murphy II DL Texas
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Last Updated: 03/13/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.87 seconds (66%*)
Age: 21.7 DOB: 09/08/2002
Height: 6-0 (3%*) Weight: 297 (68%*)
Hands: 10 1/4 (67%*) Arm: 32 3/8 (30%*)
Forty: 4.87 (C) (66%*) Ten Yard: 1.69 (C) (54%*)
Vertical: 33 (C) (68%*) Broad: 111 (C) (51%*)
Bench: 28 (C) (68%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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Last Updated: 03/13/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.87 seconds (66%*)
Age: 21.7 DOB: 09/08/2002
0% 100%
Height: 6-0 (3%*) Weight: 297 (68%*)
Hands: 10 1/4 (67%*) Arm: 32 3/8 (30%*)
Forty: 4.87 (C) (66%*)
10 Yard: 1.69 (C) (54%*)
Vertical: 33 (C) (68%*) Broad: 111 (C) (51%*)
Bench: 28 (C) (68%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
Overall Rating: 88.8 / 100
Average rating of opposition Offense player has faced
Offense Rating:
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Pass Rush:
Run Defense:
Overall Rank: #16 Position rank: #4
College Games: 38 College Snaps: 1094
Grade: 3 ESPN  Stars 3 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 79/100
Grade: 247 Sports 4  Stars 247 Sports 90 Stars 247 RATING: 90/100
Grade: 3 Stars 3 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.7 (93%)
Player Comparison* (Similarity level)
Calijah Kancey - Pittsburgh
Jalen Carter - Georgia
Kobie Turner - Wake Forest
Draft Profile: Bio
Byron Murphy II from DeSoto High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Murphy II joined Texas after being heavily recruited.

In 2021 as a freshman Murphy II saw action in 12 games and played a total of 298 snaps for the Longhorns. He recorded 11 tackles, 7 assists, while adding 10 stops. As a pass rusher, he added 11 total pressures, which included 9 QB hurries, no QB hits, and 2 sacks on the season.

As a sophomore for the Longhorns in 2022 Murphy II played in 12 games and took part in 358 snaps for the Longhorns. He recorded 22 tackles, 7 assists, while adding 18 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 19 total pressures, and 16 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and a sack during the year.

In 2023 as a junior Murphy II played in 13 games and contributed on 397 snaps. He recorded 13 tackles, 5 assists while making 19 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced an incredible 40 total pressures, which included 30 QB hurries, 4 QB hits, and 6 sacks on the year. His remarkable season earned him an invitation to the 2024 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Elite athletic skills -- Made Bruce Feldman's 'Freaks List' at number 18. He wrote: "has been clocked at 18 MPH on the GPS, had a team-best 455-pound front squat, and power-cleaned 375 pounds. He could’ve gone heavier, but strength coach Torre Becton shut him down. Becton says Murphy could’ve gotten 500 on the front squat and 405 in the power clean."
  • Exhibits explosive first-step quickness and disrupts plays behind the line of scrimmage, proving to be a nightmare for offensive coordinators.
  • Utilizes exceptional leverage and core strength to anchor against the run and combat double teams, maintaining line integrity.
  • Agile and quick, capable of shooting gaps with precision, significantly disrupting both run and pass plays.
  • Displays a relentless motor and high-energy play, consistently battling through the whistle across every snap.
  • Effective hand technique allows him to shed blocks and navigate through traffic to apply pressure or make stops.
  • Demonstrates versatile defensive capabilities, effective in various schemes with the ability to impact the game across multiple fronts.
  • Has a sharp football IQ, quickly diagnosing plays and adjusting his approach to disrupt offensive schemes effectively.
  • Brings a blend of athleticism and technique to the field, offering potential for growth and refinement at the next level.
  • While his sack numbers aren't elite, his non-sack pressure numbers are. He also forces double teams allowing others to get his sacks.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Despite his disruptive presence, lacks the prototypical NFL size for an interior lineman, raising concerns about matchups against larger linemen.
  • Occasionally relies too heavily on athleticism, which could be mitigated with further technical refinement.
  • While effective against the run, could enhance power and consistency in leg drive during engagements.
  • Can improve precision in hand fighting to consistently defeat experienced blockers in the NFL.
  • Aggressiveness sometimes leads to over-penetration, necessitating more disciplined play recognition and tackle execution.
Scouting Report: Summary
Byron Murphy II emerges as a standout defensive tackle in this year's draft class, primarily due to his exceptional abilities as an interior pass rusher. His technique, explosiveness off the line, and ability to navigate through tight spaces draw a parallel to the elite level of play seen in NFL superstars like Aaron Donald. Murphy's knack for collapsing the pocket from the inside and creating havoc for quarterbacks and running backs alike sets him apart as a defensive prospect. His pass-rushing skills are not just effective; they're game-changing, allowing him to disrupt offensive schemes and force adjustments at the line of scrimmage.

Murphy's arsenal of moves, combined with his burst and hand usage, enables him to destroy the offensive line between the tackles with finesse and power reminiscent of the very best at his position. While comparisons to a talent like Aaron Donald set a high bar, Murphy's collegiate performance and skill set suggest he possesses the potential to become an outstanding pro. His ability to read the play, combined with unmatched agility for a man his size, makes him a constant threat in the backfield.

Looking ahead, Byron Murphy II is poised to make an immediate impact in the NFL. His transition from college to the pros will be watched closely by scouts and coaches alike, many of whom anticipate his quick adaptation to the faster pace and higher complexity of the NFL. As teams increasingly prioritize interior defensive linemen who can pressure the quarterback, Murphy's skill set becomes even more valuable. His growth potential, coupled with an already impressive foundation of skills, suggests that he could easily be considered one of the best defensive linemen in the draft.

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*Percentile Ranking in Player's Position Group (NFL Combine Historical Data): This percentile reflects how a player's specific statistics rank in comparison to historical performances at the NFL Combine, specifically within their position group. A higher percentile indicates a better performance. For instance, being in the 90th percentile for a particular stat means the player outperformed 90% of their peers in that category.

*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.