Weight: 234 lbs.
Murray entered 2019 as the Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and did not disappoint. Against high-powered offenses, he racked up 65 solo tackles in the regular season, which was tied for 21st in college football. He consistently generated pressure on quarterbacks and in the backfield thanks to speed, instincts, vision and a high motor. He gets to the right places and could excel as a quarterback spy in the NFL to keep mobile passers from scrambling.
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Some scouts have criticized Murray as too reactionary and not anticipatory enough, though he is excellent at reading the play and quickly getting to the ball. He also could play with more power and brute force. Also, Murray didn’t generate a turnover this season, so he shouldn’t be counted on to flip games by making huge plays.
Why he may fit with Washington:
The Redskins struggled to contain the run this year, which means the team will certainly look to bolster its front seven. With veteran linebacker Ryan Kerrigan injured and on the wrong side of 30, Washington could stand to add a dynamic linebacker like Murray to pair with rookie Montez Sweat. Adding Murray in the second round makes a lot of sense for the ’Skins given the team’s need for a player who can make plays laterally and get after the passer.
Kenneth Murray’s speed, anticipation and ability to make plays in space would make him a welcome addition in Washington, especially if the team keeps its base 3-4 defense.
Projected Round: 2nd