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3. Kyle Murphy – OT, Stanford
Murphy is worthy of consideration as the solution for the Patriots’ depth issues at tackle because he hails from a strong offensive line education at Stanford. The Pats have shown interest in the Stanford tackle pipeline recently, drafting Fleming from the school two years ago.
Here’s analysis of Murphy’s strenghts, put together by Eric Robinson over at NFL Mocks.
"A solid, well-managed 300 lbs….Not overly athletic but more athleticism than a number of linemen…Usually the first or second off the snap and gets hands on defenders first…..Good arm length, which prevents defensive linemen from crash into his chest….Solid run blocker which is evident in a run heavy Stanford offense….Solid football IQ."
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Robinson goes on to point out Murphy’s below average footwork, concluding with the following statement:
"Murphy is more of a fit for an offense similar to Stanford that is run heavy. If he can improve his foot work and get a little more power in his base, I can see him being versatile and able to play left and right tackle. If he can’t, right tackle is in his future."
As long as Tom Brady is quarterback, the Patriots aren’t going to be a run-dominant offense by any means, so that bodes well for Murphy.
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