Jake Murphy – Utah
Originally signed with BYU in 2008, he went on a Mormon mission for two years and enrolled at Utah in 2010. He redshirted that year. He started two games but played in 10 in 2011 and played in all 12 games and started five in 2012. He played in eight games this year but missed four with a hand injury. He finished the year with 25 catches for 417 yards and five TDs. He is an older player at 24 and is married, with a child.
He looks bigger than his listed 6’4 – 252 and is an average athlete for the position with average play speed. I would estimate he runs no faster than 4.8. He usually lines up as a conventional “Y” tight end but will flex out at times. He is up on his toes in his stance. He has adequate initial quickness, but comes out of his stance a bit tall. He is not explosive off the line of scrimmage. He is an average route runner with average route quickness. He doesn't get much separation with his cuts, has good hands, and can adjust to the ball. He will compete for the ball in traffic and shows strength as a runner after the catch. While he is not fast or elusive, he is strong and can be tough to bring down. He is very willing as a blocker but can get tall and is inconsistent with getting movement. He does not show much “pop” on contact and is not explosive through his hips. He will drive his feet but you don’t see a lot of power.
Murphy has to be an inline tight end at the next level. He'll need to get strong and play with more bend to become an effective blocker at the next level. This is a competitive kid, but he has limitations. I see him as a late round type pick and a backup when he reaches the NFL.