He finished his college career with 36 sacks, including 13 during both his junior and senior seasons. He was a big reason why the Mountaineers won national championships during both of those years.
ASU beat UMass in the national championship last season.
"He is a nasty beast," said UMass athletic department source. "He was dominating."
So with such great numbers and high praise, why did Murrell go undrafted out of college? He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent.
He's what is known in the scouting world as a "tweener." Murrell played defensive end in college, but at 6-2, 246 pounds, he's a little small to play that position on the NFL level. So a lot of teams viewed him as a linebacker in the draft, but when he ran in the 4.8-4.9 area, that scared a lot scouts. You would want a linebacker that size to run in the 4.6 area.
When you throw in the fact that his hips are a little stiff, this turned a lot of teams off. A linebacker his size who ran a 4.9 last year, and has athletic limitation that will hurt him in coverage, wasn't that appealing to a lot of teams in the draft process.
But you can't judge a player's heart and motor by a 40-time and cone drills. Murrell plays with a lot of heart and a great motor. The best word to describe Murrell is "relentless."
The Jets aren't going to ask him to drop into coverage very often. They will ask him to just pin his ears back and go after the quarterback, and no matter what his speed is, he has a knack for doing that. While he doesn't have great stopwatch speed, he's very quick off the edge, and plays fast than his 40 time.
The Jets know first hand what a great pass rusher Murrell is; he beat them for two sacks in the Jets-Eagles preseason finale.
Only time will tell if this move will work out. But the Jets needed to do something because the outside linebacker combination of Bryan Thomas and Victor Hobson isn't getting enough pressure on the quarterback. Thomas isn't a particularly instinctive pass rusher, and Hobson is probably better suited to inside linebacker.
It will be interesting to see if Adrian's little brother can help his sibling's old team.
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