Cowboys Draft Target: WR Terrence Murphy

RanchReport.com continues to take a look at wide receiver targets for the Dallas Cowboys. Today, we take an in-depth look at Texas A&M wide out Terrence Murphy. The Cowboys have already shown interest in the former Aggie, as have several other organizations. <BR>

With the 2005 NFL Draft quickly approaching, it's time to take a harder look at which players could be in line to fill the needs of the Dallas Cowboys.

Of course, one of those needs is at wide receiver, where an aging unit desperately needs to add a speedy wide out to help stretch the field.

Enter Terrence Murphy (6-1, 202), a standout wide receiver out of Texas A&M. Murphy, orginally out of Tyler, TX is an underrated athlete that could be taken as high as the second round in next month's NFL Draft.

Murphy is also a prospect that has already been interviewed extensively by the Dallas Cowboys.

As a senior, Murphy earned first-team All-Big 12 honors after posting 51 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns. As a junior, he gained 1,538 all-purpose yards, catching 44 passes for 762 yards (17.3 average) and gaining a school-record 626 yards on 23 kickoff returns.

"Murphy is a terrific possession receiver with a good feel for the game. He Makes the tough reception with defenders draped on him, and takes a pounding all while holding onto the ball," notes one NFL Scout.

"He comes back to the quarterback, uses his body to shield away opponents and displays a good sense of awareness."

Scout.com currently ranks Murphy as the No. 6 wide receiver available in the NFL Draft.
Scout.com currently ranks Murphy as the No. 6 wide receiver available in the NFL Draft.

"He's hard working both on and off the field, and he's a productive skill player that consistently gets the job done," added the scout.

Perhaps one skill of Murphy's that will help him in next month's draft is his ability to return kicks. As a junior at A&M, Murphy was named an All-Big 12 performer specifically as a kick-returner, averaging over 27 yards per return.

"He's a multi-purpose player," adds the scout. "He can impact the game at receiver or as a return specialist, and that helps him in the eyes of most scouts."

Despite leaving the Senior Bowl early with an injury, many teams in expressed interest in the star wide out, including the Seattle Seahawks, the Cowboys, and the New York Giants.

At the NFL Combine, Murphy met with over 20 teams, including the Cowboys again, and also the Titans, Chiefs, Ravens, and Steelers. His fastest 40-yard dash time was 4.43.

For Dallas, Murphy is a player the organization remains high on, and he's also a player that would be looked at hard in the second round.

With Larry Lacewell now out of the mix in the Cowboys' scouting department, it's not unreasonable to expect Bill Parcells and Jerry Jones to have an even greater say in who the Cowboys draft this year. Murphy certainly fits the Parcells mold, especially when one considers his ability to return kicks.

Most mock drafts have the former Aggie going somewhere between the early second round to the end of the third.

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