Third round, 98th Pick: Kyle Murphy
Tackles Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson is more than likely the projected starters for the offensive line if Clady is released or traded. Even with Ty Sambrailo and Michael Schofield waiting in the wings, drafting Kyle Murphy, out of Stanford, would add more competition to the tackle position. Plus, it is not a guarantee Schofield may make the roster out of training camp. Murphy projects well as an NFL tackle due to his long arms and broad shoulders.
Murphy can slide well adjusting to the stunts and blitzes making it easy for him to react to a different edge rusher. He can get off-balance at times, but still has talent to push the pile as a drive blocker. Murphy is not an elite athlete; however, he is quick enough for traps. He does have a bad tendency with his length to control the defensive line. The Stanford consistency at offensive line makes Murphy an intriguing candidate for the Broncos and for the league.
Quick athlete, durable and tough, Murphy can withstand the grunt of the work at the tackle position. Murphy had his best season in 2015 while being flanked by fellow Cardinal and draftee, Joshua Garnett opening eyes for NFL scouts everywhere.
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