Utah Football Career and Highlights
What is the first thing that stands out about Jake Murphy on the field? I'm glad you asked- this quote sums it up very well.
" Jake Murphy might have the best hands of anyone in the draft..."
Peter Smith, WithTheFirstPick.com.
If you go watch a Jake Murphy highlight video you will see Jake making incredible catches and plays all over the field.
Looking back on Jake's career I think the same thing I thought about watching the games live: they need to get this guy the ball more. Many pundits will agree that Jake was under-utilized, but to his credit he never complained one time. The ultimate team player. Father. Husband. Utah Man. NFL-Ready TE. That's Jake Murphy.
A few tidbits from memory lane:
NFL Combine Recap
Jake's NFL Combine Performance was just like his performance on the field this season: incredibly consistent, delivered when needed, and solid throughout. Every drill and competition that Jake competed in he finished in the top seven. Every; Single. One. He wanted to beat a 4.8 in the forty and did that with a 4.77. He wanted to make sure people knew he was both strong and quick so he went and put up 24 reps on the bench and followed it up with the second fastest 20 Yard Shuttle time from a TE at 4.27 seconds. Jake Murphy did everything he was asked to, and needed to do. Tell me if you haven't heard that before.
He also made sure to Tweet out to Ute Nation how much he appreciated the support and said thank you multiple times for the coverage and fan support he had received. This guy is going to own the interview room with teams and owners. For as good as he was in the drills in Indy, I bet he was even better behind closed doors. He's the guy you want doing an interview after a game, talking to the press after a practice and doing the local community outreach events. His skill-set as a football player, coupled with that side of who Jake Murphy really is as a person, makes him a gotta-have guy.
The Green Bay Packers have been riddled by injuries at the TE spot, and Aaron Rodgers needs a sure-handed, athletic, TE that can play on the line or out in space. Enter Jake Murphy. I saw this pick on a Packers Blog earlier this week and absolutely love the fit for both sides. Most NFL Draft Analysts have Jake as a top-10 TE prospect, and pairing him up with ARod in Lambeau would be a match-made in heaven. Brady has Gronk. Brees has Graham. Rivers has Gates. ARod deserves (read: needs) Murphy.
I don't think the Murphy to Green Bay in the fourth round is out of the question, but I see two other teams as potential landing spots for Jake. One is in the same NFC North, to the Bears in the fifth round, or the ultimate would be Jake getting picked up by The Falcons in the 6th or 7th and taking the legendary Murphy name back to the ATL.
Regardless, you will be hearing 'Jake Murphy, Tight End, Utah' read from the podium at some point this weekend.