Clemson Star Could go in Top 15 Picks

Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN’s senior draft analyst, ranks Clemson’s Myles Murphy as his No. 25 player on his big board heading into Thursday’s 2023 NFL Draft from Kansas City. However, he will not be surprised to see the defensive end come off the board before then.

“He has a chance to go in the top 15 picks because teams always reach for edge rushers,” Kiper wrote.

Murphy is one of four former Tigers Kiper ranks in his top 150, which he released Tuesday.

The analyst also has defensive tackle Bryan Bresee ranked No. 33, linebacker Trenton Simpson No. 38 and defensive end K.J. Henry No. 111.

Murphy, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 258 pounds, was previously ranked No. 23 on Kiper’s big board and ranks as his No. 2 defensive end.

“Murphy has a quick burst out of his stance and can close quickly off the corner,” Kiper wrote. “He also plays the run well and is physical at the point of attack.”

In 2022, Murphy earned First-Team All-ACC honors, while racking up 45 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss. He also had 6.5 sacks. He finished his Clemson career with 139 tackles, 37 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, 17.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and six passes broken up during a 38-game career.

“He moves inside to tackle at times, so that versatility will help his stock for NFL teams,” Kiper wrote. “I wrote in September that I wanted to see his sack production rise before moving him up, and while he didn’t have elite numbers, he did improve.”

As mentioned, Bresee is ranked No. 33 on Kiper’s list, and as his No. 4 defensive tackle. Simpson is his No. 1 inside linebacker, while Henry is his No. 11 defensive end.

On the offensive side, tight end Davis Allen is ranked No. 12 in his position group, while First-Team All-ACC Offensive Tackle Jordan McFadden was graded at the guard position. Most NFL teams see McFadden playing guard in the NFL, so Kiper rates him as his No. 11 guard.

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