Kansas City Chiefs: A deeper look at Washington draft prospects

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Washington Huskies defensive back Byron Murphy (1) (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Byron Murphy and Taylor Rapp are two prospects who are popular in Kansas City Chiefs mock drafts. Here’s some insight from The Husky Haul editor Roman Tomashoff.

There might not be a player more popular to Kansas City Chiefs mock drafts and wish lists than Washington Huskies cornerback Byron Murphy. The Chiefs have a need at the position and Murphy is one of the best in the 2019 draft class.

At safety, Taylor Rapp is a name familiar to Chiefs fans as well. Maybe the Chiefs look to add a box type safety and if they do, Rapp could fit the bill.

Was Murphy’s NFL declaration expected?

Yes, the Murphy declaration didn’t surprise most. We were hoping for another year after he played only four games in his redshirt freshman year, but this declaration wasn’t exactly a shocker.

Best description of Murphy’s play the past two seasons?

He’s a dog, he’ll do no matter what you ask him to do, and he’s going to do it incredibly well with a hard-nosed attitude.

What does Murphy do best?

Murphy’s best on-field attribute is stick and stay man-coverage. Guys have a very tough time separating from Byron, because he has the ability to flip his hips and go with them so well.

While the numbers don’t show that he can stick with the best of them, the tape does. He’s such a technically sound player, and it’s really tough to escape him in man coverage, especially when he’s in your face and pressing you.

Where does he most need to improve?

He needs to work on wrapping up ball-carriers. He’s not the surest tackler, and it’s definitely something he’ll need to improve upon.

Surprised by Murphy’s less than stellar combine  and pro day performance?

We know that Byron wanted to bulk up before the combine, as everything I heard had his size/stature as the biggest concern among NFL teams. Therefore, the added weight and reduced 40 time wasn’t the biggest shock, but he still excelled in the most important aspect, the on-field drills. His tape doesn’t lie, and that’s more important than the athletic numbers.

Did Washington play primarily zone or man coverage at Washington?

Man, but he’s excellent in zone as well.

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