After signing with Washington as the top-rated prep out of the state of Arizona, Murphy earned the scout team's defensive MVP in 2016 with future NFL draft picks Kevin King and Sidney Jones firmly entrenched as Washington's starters.
Murphy secured a starting job the next spring, recording two interceptions in his debut (Rutgers) before suffering a broken foot in practice a month into the season. He returned for the final three games, ultimately playing in six games (starting all of them) and finishing with 16 tackles, seven passes broken up, the two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Murphy was voted first-team All-Pac-12 by coaches and media in 2018, recording 58 tackles, 13 passes defensed and four interceptions. His pick-six against Utah in the Pac-12 championship game proved to be the only touchdown scored in a 10-3 victory that earned UW a trip to the Rose Bowl.
Despite opting to enter the 2019 NFL Draft with just 20 career games under his belt, Murphy showed a knack for producing big plays in big games - collecting interceptions against rival Washington State and Stanford as well as performing well in showdowns last season with Auburn and Ohio State to begin and end the year.
Excellent stop-start initial quickness with flexible ankles, greasy knees and loose hips to change directions in tight quarters. Easy accelerator with a smooth transition to turn and run downfield, showing enough straight-line speed to handle vertical routes despite his average 40-yard dash time (4.55 seconds).
Better football player than athlete, showing terrific route awareness, often running cleaner routes than receivers and leaving quarterbacks little choice but to throw elsewhere. Excellent hand-eye coordination to bat passes away without playing through the receiver and drawing flags.
Highly competitive as a tackler, routinely lowering his shoulder into receivers and runners to deliver bone-jarring hits. Good hands, eyes and body control for the interception, tracking the ball well over either shoulder, timing his leaps and extending to pluck outside of his frame.
Projection: First Round
--Field Level Media