As questions continue to build as to whether or not Tyrod Taylor is the “man” in Buffalo, continuing to provide him in 2016 with quality contributors at a cheap price-point will be paramount. Stanford tackle Kyle Murphy is the subject of today’s scouting report.
Previous Prospect Breakdowns
Kyle Murphy Size/Athleticism
The 6’7, 295 pounder from San Clemente, California was an all-PAC 12 first team his senior year, starting at left tackle. In his Stanford career, Kyle Murphy started every game as a junior and senior, but prior to that he was the extra lineman in the “Balco” overload sets. While he’ll need to gain a little more weight to play right tackle in the NFL (where he was during Senior Bowl week), he looks to have the frame to add another 10-12 pounds without a problem.
Kyle Murphy is very good from right or left tackle pulling around to lead.
While his mobility is great, Murphy’s inability at times to stay on that block turns what could be great blocks into merely good ones.
Kyle Murphy Run Blocking
Kyle Murphy is a by-the-numbers Stanford blocker: he’ll get in the way, he’ll move, he’ll understand angles for blocks, etc. His problem is staying off the dirt, which will prevent him from effectively getting a block at the second level at times:
In short yardage, running behind Murphy wasn’t a bad idea, particularly because for a big man he can get LOW:
When he’s going against a power rusher, Kyle Murphy is great at mirroring and keeping his hands locked on the target:
When going against speed rushers, however, at times Murphy couldn’t beat the defender to the spot and as a result, he had a whole lot of looking back at the QB, particularly this week in the Senior Bowl practices. In Buffalo, that flaw would be fatal to the growth and development of Tyrod Taylor, as well as the run game without a tight end attached over right end to help. Working with an offensive line coach will help mitigate some of the missteps against speed rushers, but it might be just a part of Murphy’s overall game you’ll have to deal with.
Fit With The Bills
Kyle Murphy, while a great fit from a system knowledge and mobility standpoint is a developmental tackle at present for Buffalo. Because of his struggles sliding against speed rushers, putting him at right tackle would add a flawed player to an already flawed situation – between Kouandjio’s work in progress, Mills’…being himself and Henderson’s medical condition. In a year, with the proper strength and conditioning program Murphy would be a solid option for competition, but no more than that.