Breakdown: Arizona DL Connor Murphy

Mar. 29-- Scout analyzes what the four-star 2016 defensive end prospect from Arizona, that UCLA has offered, brings to the table...

What to Like: Murphy certainly passes the eye test. He is 6-7, 250 pounds and growing. The bloodlines are there. His father is huge, his brother plays in the NFL and his sister played division-one basketball. In the this age of spread offenses, defensive coordinators are looking for length and Murphy has it, with a huge frame and wing span. He shows good versatility on film in that he has played with his hand in the ground and standing up. Because of his size, strength and arm length, Murphy is very stout in the run game and plays with a good effort. 

Areas to Improve: I still consider Murphy raw. When kids get as tall as he is, they need time to grow into their body. While I mentioned above that he is good against the run, he needs to develop in his pass rush. Last year he was only credited with one sack. He also doesn't always use his hands.

Bottom line: The tools are there and I expect a breakout senior season. He has made tremendous gains this off-season in both strength and size. I think there are a number of positions he can play at the next level. I see him being a big defensive end in a 3-4 defense. But realistically, he's 6-7 and already 250 pounds in March of his high school year, with a good, wide frame, which lends itself to the possibility of Murphy growing into an offensive tackle. They just aren't easy to find, and he has the athletic ability, arm length and size to be a good left tackle.

Recruiting: The 4-star prospect currently holds 11 scholarship offers, including from the two Arizona schools, along with UCLA, Stanford, Oregon, Nebraska and Michigan. His older brother, Trent Murphy, went to Stanford. He's made a number of unofficial visits to ASU, and plans to visit UCLA sometime for spring practice, as well as Oregon, Oregon State and Michigan.


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