Carolina Panthers draft Myles Murphy
- Defensive End/Outside Linebacker | Clemson Tigers
Had at least one of the top four quarterbacks been available, I believe the Carolina Panthers would pull the trigger. Unfortunately, that is not the case in this scenario.
Despite the close ties with the Clemson Tigers, Carolina has never selected a player from the program in its more than 27-year history. With a need for a No. 2 pass rusher opposite of Pro Bowler Brian Burns, the front office takes the best player available in Tigers star Myles Murphy.
A former five-star high school recruit, Murphy offers an exceptional display of physical traits and athletic ability for the position. He played in multiple alignments for Dabo Swinney’s men, from five-technique to a two-point stance as an outside linebacker.
This already makes him a potential fit in Eijero Evero’s multiple-front defense.
Murphy displays active hands with a nice variety of pass-rush moves and counters. He combines that with ample speed-to-power and a superb get-off that allows him to gain ground within a few steps of his rushes. I do appreciate the prospect’s ability to set the edge at the mesh point along with his sufficient power at the point of attack.
The first-team All-ACC pass rusher still has room for growth. What Murphy offers now would allow him to be an immediate contributor from Day 1 on a young, but talented Panthers defense.