TSV Scouting Department

Trent Murphy

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein

Trent Murphy Photo: The Big Lead


Class: Senior
Height: 6'5 1/4"
Weight: 252 lbs.
School: Stanford
  • Consensus All-American (2013)
  • First-team All-Pac 12 (2012, 2013)
  • Tied for single season record in sacks at Stanford (15)
  • 32.5 career sacks (third all-time at Stanford)
  • 2013 Stats:  62 tackles, 15 sacks (led the nation) and 23.5 TFLs

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Murphy accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile
  • We've been extremely impressed with Murphy’s pass rushing skills throughout his career, including his outstanding hands.  Unfortunately, we didn’t see much of that on Monday as he had trouble dealing with Notre Dame T/G Zach Martin and Miami T Seantrel Henderson, the longest offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl.
  • On Tuesday, Ohio State LT Jack Mewhort had his fair share of battles with Trent Murphy, splitting 50/50 with the great Stanford DE.  Murphy got the corner on Mewhort and as we saw in the Orange Bowl, Mewhort struggled with that hard, quick and powerful edge rush.  Murphy had a good, solid practice, showing good edge setting ability and the ability to defeat the shoulder of the tackles that he faced and win without being run around the arc very often.
  • Murphy did flash good strength at the point of attack when setting the edge and his best position might end up being SOLB in a 3-4.


  • Has played both defensive end spots
  • Is a fit in 3-4 as OLB or 4-3 as a DE
  • Long, athletic player effective at getting into tackles first
  • Active hands looking to bat down passes
  • Uses angles making it tough on o-line to get a clean shot at him
  • Sudden with ability to alter path quickly
  • Defeat blockers early in the snap with superior hand usage




  • Doesn't always chase hard from the backside
  • High center of gravity may cause issues in coverage as 3-4 OLB
  • Flashes athleticism, but scouts concerned about that aspect of his play
  • Doesn't bring much thump as a tackler
  • Shows signs of fatigue that sap his suddenness in some games



Film Room

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:28 Gets upfield then sheds tackle with effective arm over move
1:20 Explosive goal line penetration
1:38 Shows outstanding change of direction from inside to outside in contain
2:33 Instantly defeats first blocker and defends against cut block against second
3:18 Fluid drop into coverage but lacks closing speed and has to rely on deep angle to RB
3:37 Lowers pad level, takes on blocker with leverage and makes tackle on RB
4:14 Uses two hands to defeat the outside shoulder of the guard and then turns the corner
7:09 Quick hands get into tackle and gets seperation to the outside


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:24 Maintains QB responsibility on zone read but recovers to make tackle on RB
:45 Attacks outside shoulder, sheds and finishes with a tackle
1:04 Contains QB then shows good closing speed to finish with a sack
2:23 RB tries to cut him and shows good footwork to stay up
3:01 Looks fatigued
3:07 Lacks same get-off as early in game and falls in coverage
3:20 Gets good pop on guard, but shows average speed to RB
3:48 Shows off proper technique and footwork on spin move
4:25 Doesn't hustle on backside and RB goes for TD
6:24 Good inside move followed by awareness to bat pass



Murphy posted three highly productive seasons earning a variety of first team All-American honors.  Murphy is the best defensive player in the Pac-12 thanks to his versatility and consistent production.  Teams will love the fact that Murphy has shown improvement each year he's played and his sack numbers highlight that as they've grown from 6.5 to 10 to 15 over the last three seasons.
Murphy was the top pass rusher in the country thanks to his burst off the snap, his efficient pass rush skills and his outstanding usage of hands.  Murphy is able to set up counter moves off of his quick first step and he takes direct paths to the quarterback.  One of the things I like most about him is how infrequently he stays engaged with the lineman in front of him.
With good bend and technique, Murphy showed ability to set the edge effectively against the run.  While Murphy can drop into coverage as a 3-4 OLB, that isn't his strength and he could be exploited in the NFL if asked to do so.  Production and energy shows noticable drop-off when he starts to fatigue.
I see more burst from Murphy when his hand is in the ground and I see him as a very capable run defender who has the frame to add another 10 pounds of mass.  While Murphy can play OLB or DE, I think his best fit will be as a 4-3 DE who can attack off the edge; however, his ability to play in an odd or even front will add draft value.