Falcons Potential Draft Target: Myles Murphy

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For the second consecutive year, the Falcons will be picking 8th in the draft. This is a pivotal offseason in Atlanta. For the first time in what feels like a decade, they actually have money to spend to go along with their draft capital. Following a 7-10 campaign, the Falcons could be viewed as the favorites to win an atrocious NFC South with a productive offseason that will revolve around who they select 8th overall.

This continues a series where I will highlight the prospects that are on the table for Atlanta with their first-round pick, moving onto a homegrown talent at a position of dire need — Myles Murphy. If you missed any of the previous editions to this series, follow the links below.

Myles Murphy Draft Profile

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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