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2020 NFL Draft Profile & Prediction | Linebacker Kenneth Murray

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In 2017 Kenneth Murray recorded 78 tackles (7.5 for loss) as a freshman. His season-long performance was good enough to earn him Freshman All-American honors as well as the Co-Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year. It also set him on a path to greatness that would include 155 tackles in 2018 (third in the FBS) and 17 tackles for loss in 2019 as he became the top linebacker prospect from the Big 12.

HeightWeightArmsHands
6-224132-3/4″9 1/2″
Kenneth Murray’s measurables

Murray is a playmaker who has a knack for getting to the ball. His frame, long arms, and speed are the perfect trifecta for a weak-side linebacker in the NFL where his potential can be maximized.

Strengths

  • Big-play capability
  • Defensive back type speed
  • Hits the gaps hard and fast
  • Gets to the ball behind the line of scrimmage
  • A sure tackler
  • Has range that goes sideline to sideline
  • Dangerous off the blitz

Weaknesses

  • Needs to play with a little more patience
  • Sometimes over pursues or chooses a bad angle
  • Gets sucked in on play-action at times

Draft Prediction

#28 overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens are still seeking a replacement for C.J. Mosley. Murray would be an asset on a defense that ranked 20th in yards allowed per rush last season.

Other Possibilities – The Kansas City Chiefs have the final pick in the first round. They’ll be looking for a linebacker to help improve a defense that ranked 26th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed. If Murray is still sitting there at #32 then he could easily fit in with the defending Super Bowl champions.

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