Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Texas Tech, Texas, Baylor, Houston, LSU
Report By: Cody Manning
Q.A.B. / C.O.D.: 7.50
Playing Speed: 8.50
Position Versatility: 7.25
Very quick in open space, closes down runners with his speed. Able to change direction with ease. Able to bend his body to get around defenders. Can stretch his body to reach for a pass deflection. Able to close space quickly once he decides where he wants to go. Very explosive up the field. He appears to be one of the faster players on the field. Loves to use his athleticism to his advantage. Does a solid job when tracking the ball with his eyes. Keeps body upright when getting blocked. Has experience playing both inside & outside, lining up as an edge, & in the slot. Better as a pursuit linebacker who is not effective rushing the passer.
PASS RUSH ABILITY: 6.81
Initial Quickness: 8.50
Rush with Leverage: 6.00
Pass Rush Moves: 6.00
Pressure Consistency: 6.75
Initial burst allows him to breeze by blockers if he times it right. Can disrupt pockets when he wins off the LOS. Needs to use his length to his advantage more when his speed doesn't win. If he doesn't win with his speed or bending around the blocker, he tends to hang back and spy QB. Can be hit and miss with his pressure on the quarterback it all depends on whether he is able to time up his blitz.
Pass Drops: 7.75
Coverage Awareness: 7.25
M/M Coverage: 6.75
Zone Coverage: 8.00
Does a solid job when he drops back in coverage and keeping to his assignment. Very aware of what is going around him. He can lose his man in M/M coverage, but generally stays in a position in the proximity of the action. Has the ability to stick with most TE’s and some WR’s, but can beat by more efficient route runners. He can be very effective in zone with his lengthy body. Can cover space and get in passing lanes.
AGAINST THE RUN: 7.10
Play with Leverage: 6.50
Stack and Shed: 6.75
Run at Him: 7.25
Runs Away: 8.00
Needs to do a better job of leveraging himself when engaging as he depends on athleticism over his length. Could clog more lanes if he can tap into that resource. Can shed lineman, but tends to try to use his quickness to get around them which leads to bad pursuit angles. Fills gaps very quickly., but needs to break down more often because he has a tendency to over pursue and miss the tackle. Ability to track down defenders is outstanding and closes down on open spaces very quickly. Could be more efficient with his tackling if he were to break down more often rather than trying to arm tackle everyone.
Not afraid to come up and lay a hit and keep fighting to the end regardless of what the score is. In 40 career games he amassed: 325 tackles (176 solo), 36.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 0 INT, 6 PD, 2 FR, 1 FF. He keeps up the effort, doesn't take a play off, and looks to be in position to make a play at all times.
Processing skills allow him to react to plays very quickly, and puts himself in position to make a play, but at times he needs to settle in and stay home in his gap. Based on the tape, he shows that he understands his role and is ready for most plays by the offense. Doesn't lose focus on his assignment and has the ability to track the ball very well with his eyes.
He has the size to battle inside the box and has just enough speed to track ball carriers outside the hashes. He does a solid job when he fills gaps and uses his large frame to his advantage to take up space. His length allows him to get his hands on the ball carrier and get in passing lanes to deflect the pass. He does better in zone coverage because of this, it allows him to cover more of his assigned area to make it difficult for the quarterback to squeeze the ball in to the receiver. He does have a knack to get in position to make the tackle and showed that versus Army (28 tackles - OK record) He does have good flexibility and showed some bend to get around a tackle to get to the quarterback. He has some versatility to play in different positions as a backer, but mainly played as an ILB.
He plays with a high pad level which allows ball carriers to make one cut to get around him at times. This results in him struggling in the open field to get the tackle. He can misread plays and take himself out of position which results in a chunk play. He does need to work on his tackling technique. He doesn't break down often and relies on his long arms to wrap around the ball carrier to drag them to the ground. His man coverage can use some work because he can struggle to keep up with his man and can get lost in space. He could use a little bit more speed in the open field to be considered a sideline to sideline backer and needs to work on his angles so he is able to get to the ball carrier outside the hashes at a better rate. He has the right tools but just needs to work on the small things to end up being the best backer in this class.
Even though Murray has the potential to play at the next level he still has a lot of work to do as a player if he wants to make it in the NFL. His athleticism will only get him so far if he doesn't work on the small things. He can offer a team someone who will work his way to the ball and can help in run support. His play recognition will need to improve otherwise he could end up being responsible for chunk plays happening against the defense. Teams will love his size. His long arms allow him to be a problem for offenses because of his reach to get his hands on ball carriers and to get in the way of passing lanes. He is a productive player so he has proven he understands his role but it's the small things that show up throughout games at times that can question his decision making. He does do a great job at his length to his advantage when defending the pass by getting his hands on the ball, I would like to see him make more of those turnovers. He has a chance to propel himself with some improvement as an athlete and player.