Kansas City Chiefs fans are eagerly waiting for the second weekend of May, when the 2014 NFL Draft will be occurring. While linebacker isn’t a huge need for the Chiefs, they might decide to take the best player available when their time comes to pick.
Kansas City more than likely won’t select a linebacker in the first round nor in the second round since they don’t have a selection then. If Trent Murphy of Stanford is still on the board when the Chiefs select in the third round, he would be hard for Kansas City to pass up on.
Trent Murphy Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.86 seconds
Bench press – 19 reps
Vertical jump – 35.5 inch
Broad jump – 118.0 inch
3-cone drill – 6.78 seconds*
20-yard shuttle – 4.20 seconds
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
Trent Murphy spent four seasons at Stanford, playing both defensive end and linebacker. He played defensive end his freshman year and outside linebacker for the remaining three years with the Cardinal. Murphy totaled 160 tackles, 32.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions, which were both returned for touchdowns (Source: Sports Reference).
Murphy is projected to go sometime in the second or third round according to Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com. The Chiefs don’t have a second round pick so if they want Murphy, they’ll have to either trade up or hope that he slides down into round three.
“Controls the line of scrimmage and consistently outleverages tight ends. Very physical re-routing tight ends at the line. Outstanding motor and sack production — led the country in sacks (15) as a senior. Tough, smart and hardworking with a throwback personality. Leader vocally and by example. Will hold teammates accountable and represent the program with class.” – What Nawrocki describes as Murphy’s strengths
Murphy could be of huge use to the Chiefs. Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson have been in the league for eight and nine years respectively and it might be time to look at younger options at the linebacker position. Murphy could be that guy to join forces with Justin Houston and wreck havoc on opposing offenses for years to come.
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