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Byron Murphy | Cornerback

Team: Washington Huskies
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 182

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Pro Football Focus gives Washington redshirt sophomore CB Byron Murphy the No. 1 coverage grade among all corners.
Murphy (5'11/182) certainly looked like it in Friday's Pac-12 Championship Game when he picked off two passes, including a game-altering pick-six that led the Huskies to the win. The redshirt sophomore is draft eligible and some analysts are giving Murphy a first-ground grade. NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang had Murphy landing in the top-10 in a November mock draft for example. If he does leave after the Huskies' Rose Bowl game, Murphy should flirt with being a top-25 selection in the 2019 NFL Draft as long as he tests well at the combine. Dec 2 - 9:40 AM

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Washington redshirt sophomore CB Byron Murphy picked off two passes and returned one for a touchdown in a 10-3 victory over Utah on Friday in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

It was the only touchdown in the game. Murphy's first pick was fortunate; it went off a Utah receiver hands, and it rolled off of the legs before Murphy picked it up and returned it to the house. The second pick was a nice play on the ball, and was the third in as many possessions for the dominant Washington defense. Murphy is a potential first-round pick, and he'll have a chance to show his impressive cover skills in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
Nov 30 - 11:33 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang projects the Jets to take Washington redshirt sophomore CB Byron Murphy with the seventh pick in his latest mock draft.

When you give up 41 points to a team quarterbacked by Matt Barkley, you might need some help on the defensive end. In all seriousness, the Jets obviously have a need at cornerback, and many analysts believe that Murphy has the most upside of any prospect at that position right now. He's been an analytical star, and the tape will back up what those numbers say, with a few exceptions. He has two years of eligibility left after this year, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Murphy was playing on Sundays at this point next year.
Nov 12 - 8:51 PM

The Draft Network's Benjamin Solak writes that Washington redshirt sophomore CB Byron Murphy's play backs up the stats.

Murphy has been sensational in 2018, and it continued against Utah when he broke up four passes. As Solak notes, That makes four of the last nine games that the talented corner has broken up at least three passes. Solak also notes that Murphy has excellent "change-of-direction" ability to go along with quality instincts and knows when to attack the football. He also notes that Murphy has some health concerns, as he missed significant time last year with a broken foot, and at 5-foot-11, 182-pounds, his size isn't elite. Still, his ability to make plays on the football as a cover corner will make Murphy one of the top prospects at corner in 2019 -- assuming he doesn't come back for his junior season.
Sep 17 - 3:20 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein ranks Washington redshirt sophomore CB Byron Murphy second on his list of the top 10 defensive backs to watch in 2018.

Murphy was limited in 2017 with a broken foot, but when he was on the field, he shows big-time ability, and Zierlein took notice. " Murphy combines elite instincts with plus short-area quickness, disrupting more throws than most cornerbacks in the country," he writes. Zierlein also notes that the 5-foot-11, 175-pound corner is a big hitter despite a lack of elite size, and he can make plays in the run game. Washington is loaded at corner, but Murphy is the best pro prospect in the secondary.
Jul 9 - 11:22 AM

Washington redshirt freshman CB Byron Murphy (foot) is "getting closer" to playing, according to coach Chris Petersen.

Petersen broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot while practicing ahead of the game against Colorado on 9/23. The redshirt freshman's return would be massive for a team that has been ravaged by injuries, including star cornerback Jordan Miller. With just four games left in the regular season, a mid-November return sounds like the most realistic timeline; perhaps against Utah on November 18.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 09:01:00 PM

Washington redshirt freshman CB Byron Murphy is expected to miss six weeks with a broken foot.

Beat writer Adam Jude states Murphy fractured his fifth metatarsal in practice this week and "the emerging star" will miss Saturday's Pac-12 opener against Colorado. Sophomore Austin Joyner likely steps into the starting role.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 08:38:00 AM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said that redshirt freshman CB Byron Murphy "had a really good spring."

"If he keeps working hard through the spring and summer, he’ll be an exciting guy come fall," Petersen said. He has noted that "[i]f the ball's around him he's got a very good chance of making a play on it." The 5-foot-11, 168-pounder -- ESPN's No. 187 overall prospect for the 2016 cycle -- drew some love from FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel earlier this spring, with the analyst calling him one of the breakout players of the offseason. Murphy and Jordan Miller are looking like they have the inside track on replacing NFL-bound corners Kevin King and Sidney Jones in August camp.
Fri, May 26, 2017 05:44:00 PM

FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel notes that Washington redshirt freshman CB Byron Murphy has "likely locked down a starting job" for 2017.

Mandel tagged Murphy as one of the spring's breakout stars. Washington has its fair share of retooling ahead of it given significant departures for the NFL. In Murphy's case, the losses of corners Kevin King and Sidney Jones open the door for immediate playing time during the upcoming season. The 5-foot-11, 168-pounder ranked as ESPN 300's No. 187 prospect for the 2016 cycle. Said HC Chris Petersen, "If the ball’s around him he’s got a very good chance of making a play on it."
Source: FOX Sports
Fri, May 5, 2017 07:11:00 PM

Four-star CB Byron Murphy committed to Washington on Thursday.

Washington's already stout defense just gained another chess piece. Murphy checks in at No. 187 in the ESPN 300. He's the eighth four-star recruit to commit to Washington for the 2016 recruiting cycle. The 5-foot-11, 168-pound prospect received offers from Arizona State and Texas A&M, among others, before opting for the Huskies. While he's a bit on the slim side right now, ESPN projects him to fill out and noted that Murphy, "has the ability to change direction and mirror receivers tightly off the line and the wiry strength to press and reroute." Scout.com ranks him as the 10th best corner prospect in the country, but their analysts believe that he could actually play at corner, safety or even receiver at the collegiate level. Given the way Washington finished out the season and the new blood they're bringing in, do not be shocked if they make a serious run in the Pac-12 during the coming season.
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 03:02:00 PM