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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Stanford DE Trent Murphy

04.16.14 at 5:12 pm ET
By will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.


Position: Defensive end

School: Stanford

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 250 pounds

Achievements: 2013 consensus All-American, first-team All-American (Walter Camp, AFCA, FWAA, Sporting News,,, first-team All-Pac 12, 2012 Butkus Award semifinalist

What he brings: Murphy is known as an above-average athlete with strong instincts. While he has a solid frame, though, analysts note that he does not have as much muscle as an average professional football player.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2

Notes: Murphy played in just two games during the 2010 season after he suffered a leg injury. … During the 2013 season, Murphy led the FBS with 15 sacks and had at least one sack in 10 of 14 games. … Murphy was one of the top performers at the 3-cone drill during the combine.

Related articles: Draft Diary: Stanford LB Trent Murphy tracks path to the NFL (Part 1) Draft Diary: Stanford LB Trent Murphy tracks path to NFL (Part 2) 2014 NFL draft: Winners, losers, surprises in combine 3-cone

Video: Here is a video highlighting Murphy’s career at Stanford.

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