Defensive End (Kind of Outside Linebacker…Sort Of)
Height: feet 6’5", Weight: 250 lbs
Strengths: Murphy is a polished defender that has had an impressive career with the Cardinals. Murphy is big, strong, has excellent technique, instinctive, and is an excellent run defender. Trent is a tough and physical player that any NFL coach would love to have on his roster.
Weaknesses: Murphy is the definition of a "tweener" prospect. He spent his time playing outside linebacker at Stanford, but most believe he is a better defensive end prospect. Trent does not have the muscle frame to be a defensive end as of right now and he does not have the traditional speed of a 3-4 outside linebacker. His instinctive play was lacking against other better athletes at the Senior Bowl.
Bottom Line: Murphy is one of the more interesting prospects in this draft, mostly because he lacks experience on the defensive line. That lack of experience really showed during the Senior Bowl. His toughness and impressive college game tape will get him drafted, but it will be really interesting to see which team drafts him.
Projected round: 2-3
Team he fits best on: If he is viewed as a 4-3 defense, the Bears, Vikings, Giants, Cowboys, and Jaguars would fit.