Data Scout Notes: 2013: 1stC/WCamp1st-LB...PLombardi/PButkus/PNagurski/PBednarik/DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang/TSX-PTW...2012: 1stC/AP3rd...PButkus...2011: NA
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Draft Scout Trent Murphy News
10/28/14 - OLB Trent Murphy, Washington's top pick in May's draft, started his first game in place of injured three-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. Murphy was gashed a couple of times by Dallas star running back DeMarco Murray, but the former Stanford standout also recovered a fumble by Cowboys reserve back Joseph Randle that was forced by safety Brandon Meriweather.
"I think that play went out that far because of me, so it's a good thing I hustled back and got the fumble recovery," Murphy said. "That's why you run to the ball so you can be there if somebody knocks it out or gets a tip or something like that. Happy I was hustling on that play."
05/18/14 - OLB Trent Murphy doesn't have the pressure of being a first-rounder that such recent Washington rookies as Robert Griffin III, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Williams and Brian Orakpo (all top 16 selections) carried. However, the second-rounder from Stanford does appreciate the significance of being the Redskins' top choice in 2014.
"It kind of means a lot to be a team's first pick even though it wasn't in the first round," Murphy said. "I couldn't be more excited to be that guy and to put that weight on my shoulders."
05/11/14 - Redskins finally pick after 46 players selected..."Hopefully I can find a role," said Murphy, who wasn't surprised to be chosen by Washington after he enjoyed his visit to Redskins Park earlier this spring. "I use (my) length and my hands (to get sacks). You talk to any offensive lineman I've pass rushed against, they'll talk about how well I use my hands. They can never punch or get a strike on me. ... The biggest challenge (for me( is consistency, that relentless effort every second, not just sporadically." Gruden called Murphy "a proven pass rusher. He works his tail off. He studies the game. He's big. He's long. I look at production, intensity, toughness and accountability."
Washington made the playoffs in just one of the past six seasons, but Murphy is very happy to be a Redskin. "Pure joy, such a sigh of relief to have this waiting game over," he said from his home in Mesa, Ariz. "It definitely felt like home there so I couldn't be more excited that's where I ended up. It shows I was high on their board. That means a lot to be a team's first pick even though it was not in the first round. I couldn't be more excited to be that guy and to put that weight on my shoulders." - The Sports Xchange
05/11/14 - Redskins finally pick after 46 players selected...After beginning Friday's draft as one of only two teams that hadn't chosen a player in Thursday's first round, the Washington Redskins waited even longer to add some talent, dropping 13 spots in a trade with Dallas while picking up a third-rounder from the Cowboys. At No. 47, the Redskins selected Stanford outside linebacker Trent Murphy, who led the nation as a senior with 15 sacks in 2013. Bypassing possible starting right tackles and other prospects that might contribute more immediately, the Redskins lived up to general manager Bruce Allen's comment this week that they "don't have any gaping holes" despite last season's 3-13 record.
Coach Jay Gruden added that Washington's productive free-agent signing period allowed the Redskins to increase their depth rather than drafting an immediate starter. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Murphy will begin competing with holdovers Rob Jackson and Brandon Jenkins to back up Pro Bowl outside linebackers Brian Orakpo (2009-10, 2013) and Ryan Kerrigan (2012). Orakpo, who was franchised this offseason, is due to be a free agent in 2015. Kerrigan would follow suit in 2016. Unlike Orakpo and Kerrigan, who were defensive ends in college, Murphy won't have to change positions, having played outside linebacker in Stanford's 3-4 scheme. Gruden said that Murphy could be used as an inside linebacker in nickel situations. Former inside linebacker London Fletcher, who announced the pick to the audience at Radio City Music Hall, retired after last season, his 16th in the NFL and his seventh with Washington. - The Sports Xchange
05/11/14 - A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 2/47 -- Trent Murphy, OLB, 6-5, 250, Stanford...The Redskins traded back 13 spots to pick up an extra third-rounder and used their top pick on the lanky Murphy, who led the nation with 15 sacks last season in the Cardinals' 3-4 defense. Could give Washington leverage in contract negotiations with franchise outside linebacker Brian Orakpo if he shows some promise as a rookie backup to Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Will play inside in nickel situations this year. - The Sports Xchange