December 24, 2015 - Greg Gabriel
Breaking Down OT Kyle Murphy and LB Scooby Wright
Kyle Murphy – OT – Stanford Murphy is a fourth year senior and a two year starter for Stanford. He started at right tackle in 2014 and was moved to left tackle this season. He is a former 5-star recruit who had offers from programs such as Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma and Florida. Played as a backup in 2012 and 2013 but did have two starts his freshman year. Size – 6064 – 305 – 5.10 (All Estimates) Strong Points – Has good size and a frame to carry at least 315. Has played and started on both the right and left sides. Is very athletic, can run, moves well in space and can adjust on the move. Technique sound, very good hand use, keeps his back straight and is a natural knee bender. Quick off ball. Is explosive on contact with explosiveness through his hips. Tough and competitive, looks to finish, plays had every down. Very consistent run and pass blocker. Weak Points – Needs to get a little bigger, especially in the lower body Summation – Murphy is a very solid football player who does just about everything very well. He gets off the ball quickly, has explosiveness on contact, gets movement with run blocks and gets and keeps good position in pass pro. He plays with natural band and can anchor. Is athletic enough to pull and play in space. Just needs to get a little bigger and stronger. He will be a high pick who can come in and start at either guard or tackle position as a rookie. A very sound player a team can rely on. Scooby Wright – LB – Arizona Wright is a third year junior and a three year starter for Arizona. He missed all but three games this past season. He originally had a knee injury and then injured his feet. Came back to play in Arizona’s bowl game where he put up big numbers (15 tackles, 2 sacks). He won the Nagurski award following the 2014 after he finished with 163 total tackles and 14 sacks. He was a 2-star recruit coming out of high school. Lines up both at LB and sometimes as a DE in pass rush situations. Size- 6004 – 242 – 4.80 Strong Points – Highly productive. He is a top competitor with a non-stop motor. Has very good instincts and is around the ball. Effective as a pass rusher when used on blitzes and when lined up as a defensive end. Takes good angles in pursuit Weak Points – Short with short arms. Misses tackles because of the short arms. Lacks speed. Can be slow to shed at times. More run and hit than stack type. Just an average athlete. Coming off two injuries that have to be checked out (knee, foot) Summation – Wright is fun to watch on tape because of his high competitive nature and the way he runs all over the field making plays. That said, he is a marginal athlete with average speed. Don’t know what he will time, but he plays like a 4.8 guy. Has a short stocky frame with short arms. While he makes a lot of tackles he also misses a lot. He is tough and aggressive but can be overpowered at the point of attack. Not a top take on type, more a go around blocks type. He is very instinctive and knows how to find the ball. Will make it because of his competitive nature, he is the consummate overachiever. May never be a starter nut can be a terror on special teams.