Falcons hosting Clemson pass rusher this week

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Continuing with the Atlanta top 30 visits, the Falcons are hosting Clemson defender Myles Murphy on a pre-draft visit, according to Ian Rapoport.

The Falcons ranked second to last in the league in sacks last year with just 21 sacks. Grady Jarrett led the team with six, followed by Lorenzo Carter with four, while rookie Arnold Ebiketie added 2.5 sacks. However, no other player had more than two. There’s clearly not a double-digit sack guy on this roster; it has to be a group effort.

That means stockpiling quality front seven pieces, and that could be Myles Murphy, who logged 17.5 sacks over three seasons for the Tigers. Moreover, he’s position versatile, able to kick inside on obvious passing downs.

Here’s our draft profile on the Clemson defender:

Murphy played his high school football at Hillgrove where he blossomed into a five-star recruit before committing to the Clemson Tigers. Under Dabo Swinney, Murphy made the most of his incredibly physical stature — standing 6’5″, 275 pounds — recording 10+ tackles for loss in each of his three seasons at Clemson.

Murphy accelerates off the ball and has nice bend, which ables him to beat tackles on the outside. He’s also incredibly powerful, allowing him to bull rush smaller offensive tackles, and features some more advanced pass rushing moves. Murphy’s blend of size and athleticism should warrant a first-round pick in the upcoming draft. He features great length and can be utilized in a multitude of different varieties to rush the passer because of his speed and athleticism.

Given the Falcons lack of production from EDGE defenders in recent years, Murphy has to be on their radar, but I’m not sold on him going in the top 10. He’s raw and disappeared sometimes in college. I’m not in love with any of the edge prospects that could potentially go in the top 10; there’s probably equal talent that can be found in the second round.

Photographer: John Byrum/Icon Sportswire

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