Kenneth Murray had a ridiculous career at the University of Oklahoma. The 21-year-old linebacker finished his first season with 78 tackles and was named the co-Big12 Defensive Freshman of the Year. Fast forward a season and Murray recorded a whopping 155 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a sophomore. Then, in his junior season, Murray was named to the All-Big 12 First Team. It’s no wonder he decided to leave Sooner fans asking for more and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Murray’s play style is reminiscent of Kwon Alexander (during his good, non-injury filled seasons in Tampa Bay). He plays with great speed which helps him to track down the ballcarrier, and his decisiveness on the field means almost no missed tackled throughout his collegiate career. One of the things that scouts love about Murray is that he is not afraid to take chances, and when he does take chances, he typically doesn’t miss on the tackle leading to a big play.
Murray will struggle in the NFL if he does not learn to read plays before they happen. He will not be able to rely solely on his athleticism and speed in the NFL, and he was exposed out of position a few games in college. That being said, having a player that can spy, blitz, rush the edge, and even sometimes drop into coverage is so valuable at the next level. Murray will be drafted in the first round and should be taken in the first-25 picks. If he falls any lower than that, some scouts have not been doing their jobs during this quarantine.
Arms: 32 3/4″
Hands: 9 1/2″
40-Yard Time: 4.52 seconds (unofficial)
Bench Press: 21 reps
Potential Landing Spots: Dolphins, Raiders, Falcons