Scout Report – Kenneth Murray

  • Position: Inside Linebacker – Hybrid (Mike, Off-ball, Adjuster)
  • College: Oklahoma Sooners
  • Gridiron Guy Position Rank: 4 of N/A (8 currently)

Age: 21 | Height: 6’2 | Weight: 243 lbs
NFL Size Comparison: Nigel Bradham

LB at a Glance: Hybrid LB with solid tackling mechanics and good intuition to be a run stopper, but is lacking as a pass rusher and limited in zone responsibilities.

RESUME:

  • 100+ tackle season for the 2nd consecutive year
  • 5th most total tackles in the Big XII (102)
  • 2nd most solo tackles in the Big XII (69)
  • 4th most Tackles for loss in the Big XII (17)
  • Best Game: v. Houston (W 49-31)
    • 13 tackles (7 solo, 6 assists) | 0.5 sack | 1 pass def
  • Worst Game: v. South Dakota (W 70-14)
    • 4 tackles (1 solo, 3 assists)
  • First team All-Big 12 (2019)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2018)
  • Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (2017)

Strengths:

  • Sharp Awareness of the field and players on the field make finding the potential threat easier
  • Quick, sharp jab steps keep him moving him toward the play without giving up balance or placement
  • Intuitive ability to read QB’s eyes to flow to where the intended receiver may be
  • Strong grip when tackling, unlikely to slide off once hands are around you
  • Excellent use of angles to catch up or cut off ball carriers to the outside
  • Excellent lateral movement from set position to play to flow
  • Positions himself with the flow of depth to routes on coverage, giving himself advantageous positioning to play underneath on zone schemes
  • Athletic enough to be a danger as a spy
    Within NFL size average for ILB at 6’2 243lbs 
  • Quick to diagnose plays and attack
  • Disciplined eyes keeps track of the backfield and can read through fakes pretty quickly
  • Effective man coverage for RBs and most TEs
  • Ideal experience as a 3-year starter
  • Matured sense of patience to not over play his position until he knows for sure where to attack
  • Instinctive feel for where to position himself to cut off runners or compromise the intended hole
  • Solid angle tackler can be reliable when on in a face-up position
  • Does not show a dip in productivity as drives drag on
  • Aggressive playstyle that does not shy away from impact
  • Solid tackling fundamentals with a strong jabstep, firm wrap up, and a clean shoulder pop with the drive
  • Intelligent play to diagnose before committing, also shows to have solid preparation for offensive tendencies before the game
  • Ability to break on the ball once it is in the air makes him a threat on inside zone
  • Average tackling rate at 74% makes him a fairly reliable threat to bring ball carrier down
  • Can make tackles with extension to increase his effective range as a defender
  • Strong initial burst to close the gap between him and a runner in front of him
  • High usage rate and production as a central figure in Oklahoma’s defense
  • No durability issues to speak of

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks the agility to change direction quickly, especially problematic when runners cut to the sideline
  • Lacks the moves to shed blockers when targeted
  • Extremely poor pass rusher, lacks the speed to out position from the edge and the power to push through from the interior
  • Does not use hands when shedding block, face up block almost completely take him out of play
  • Instinctively reactive player
  • Lacks balance on longer movements, running with shoulders instead of hips make for an easy juke victim
  • Lackluster initial burst off the snap, especially if blitzing
  • Shows little pop when meeting blockers head on
  • Not an ideal defender on the outside edge, as he has on multiple occasions given up contain
  • Poor timing to properly jump the snap, has on occasion telegraphed assignment to QB on cadence
  • Poor zone awareness on the exterior of the box, does not keep track of receivers
  • Has little mobility when in congestion, can be outmaneuvered by shifty RBs
  • Keeps a solid base when tackling, feet are spread enough to maintain mobility to shake off any would-be jukes or cuts
  • Does not possess impressive play speed, very quick RBs can leave him behind when the hit the next level
  • Underwhelming Pursuit speed, if the ball carrier gets behind him, he probably will not make a play
  • Lackluster ability to track the runner when asked to contain the edge
  • Over extends on containment assignments more often than you would like
  • Lackluster hit power on tackling makes tackles less dominant than they can be
  • Allows himself to be out positioned on the block
  • Disappointing top speed for a hybrid LB

Bold Predictions:

  • Draft Placement: 1st – 2nd Round
  • Ceiling: NFL Starter
  • Floor: Sub package
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