Clemson’s Myles Murphy – Skipping the Orange Bowl, will enter the draft

Clemson’s Myles Murphy – Skipping the Orange Bowl, will enter the draft

Clemson defensive end Myles Murphy, Mel Kiper’s No. 10 overall projected player upcoming draft, he told ESPN on Tuesday that he is skipping the Orange Bowl and will declare for the NFL draft.

Murphy is one of the top prospects in the draft as Kiper’s No. 1 ranked defensive tackle. Clemson is projected to be the latest in a long line of defensive backs to move up in the draft, joining the likes of Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence.

“It came really fast,” Murphy told ESPN of his time at Clemson. “Three years ago today, I was getting ready to go to Clemson. It was a very quick transition. Now I’m transitioning to the next level and the next chapter of my life. Every big decision I make, I come back to family. And make a family and team decision. We all agreed and we thought it was the best decision.”

Murphy is the tight end best suited for a 4-3 scheme, and is expected to bring elite speed to that position. He expects to run the 40-yard dash in the 4.6-second range at the NFL combine. Murphy said what makes him unique is that level of speed combined with his power.

“That speed is combined with really good strength in my long arm,” Murphy said. “Just those two things, being able to be a very fast defense and also be a very strong speed rusher. Having offensive linemen think about those two things that are polar opposites.”

Murphy projects to have a high ceiling in the NFL, with ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller as the No. 5 overall player in the draft.

He finished his Clemson career with elite production, amassing 36.0 tackles and 18.5 sacks over his three years. Earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2022.

Asked what a team will get when they pick him, Murphy said, “He’s just a really, really elite player, honestly,” he said. “The sky’s the limit. The harder I work, the better player I know I can be.”

Murphy appreciated the bond with the Clemson coaches and teammates, especially the mix of personalities in the defensive back room.

“We played that last practice and had that bond,” he said. “That was going to be the hardest part. … Really, the whole defensive line. Just the mix of characters. Making every day interesting, fun, fun.”

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