Demarco Murray Scouting Report

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Demarco Murray Scouting Report

Position: RB
Conference: Big12
School: Oklahoma Sooners
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #7
Height & Weight: 6'1 - 207 lbs.
Drafted 3.7 in 2011 by DAL

2011 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.41
Vertical jump34.5
Broad jump10'4

2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Demarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma

DeMarco Murray fought his way into a crowded backfield as a redshirt freshman in 2007. On a team with Allen Patrick and Chris Brown, it was Murray who emerged as the most explosive and dynamic running back on Oklahoma. Both Patrick and Brown got more carries than Murray, but he had a better yards-per-carry average and tallied the most touchdowns with 13. In 2008 Patrick was out of the picture and Murray and Brown split carries. Again it was Brown who got more carries and yards and, in this case, touchdowns, but it was Murray who was always a threat to break the big play. He finished the season with 1,002 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. He also added 395 receiving yards and four more trips to the end zone through the air.

The 2009 season did not go quite as well as opposing defenses keyed in on the ground game after the injury to quarterback Sam Bradford. Murray's yards-per-carry average went down a lot, but he still proved to be a dangerous back that is always a threat to get to the end zone. In 2010 Murray finally got the ground game all to himself. Through ten games he has not disappointed and has rushed for 911 yards on 207 carries. Murray has also caught an impressive 52 passes and has accounted for a total of 17 touchdowns.

What separates Murray from Brown -- besides the fact that Brown is more of a downhill runner -- is Murray's ability to catch the ball. His explosiveness makes Murray a great secondary back and that could be enough for him to sneak into the first round. However, Murray is more than just an explosive back. In 2010 he proved that he can carry the ball 20 to 25 times per game and be the workhorse in the backfield.

2/10 Update: Murray finished the 2010 campaign with 1,175 rushing yards, 595 receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns. However, he seemed to lack the big play explosiveness that he possessed earlier in his career. During the Senior Bowl, the story was pretty much the same. The lack of explosiveness is a concern and Murray is slipping down to the third round.

4/6 Update: Showing off his speed at the NFL combine has given Murray another small push up the draft boards. If a few running backs start going off the board in the late first and early second round, Murray could sneak into the end of the second round. His hands are great and his speed is amazing, but NFL teams are not convinced that he has the vision to make the most out of those skills. The result will likely be a third round selection come draft day.

Last Updated Apr-06-2011 by Joel Welser

4 Comments | Add Yours
Prediction: 1st Round

Great talent with low mileage for a guy who has played four years in the big 12, he has the ability to catch as good as most recievers, with footwork, hips, speed, athleticism, and power he is the most complete back in the draft. His numbers didn't stick out due to the pass oriented offense at Oklahoma, but that could work to his benefit having very little mileage I believe scout will recognize this, and with a good workout at the combine I doub murray will slip out of the top 20.

Posted by:
mkoziarski08 12/30/10 05:57 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

This guy is so fast. Not saying that because he is my second favorite player. Saying that because it takes some speed to put up a 4.33 40 time. He is agile and can catch out of the backfield. Referring to mannymackin. He would be great for the chargers but not sure if he will make it that long

Posted by:
jkk0752 01/20/10 11:18 AM
Prediction: 2nd Round

Remind me of Thurman Thomas with his versatility

Posted by:
shotgun517 12/31/09 06:39 AM
Prediction: 2nd Round

IF demarco murray comes out for the NFL draft no doubt i think the san diego chargers will draft him with this most likley being LT's last year and sproles not being an every down RB murray is what the chargers need

Posted by:
mannymackin 12/28/09 04:19 AM