PROS: Balanced blocker that stays in control with good synch between his upper and lower half. Does well to play with good bend and leverage throughout every rep. Well-proportioned frame. Like his ability to recover if things don’t go his way initially in a rep. Has some impressive moments connecting with moving targets in space. Has experience at guard, center and tackle. Inside hand is powerful. Easy mover and he has plenty of range. There is some nasty to him.
CONS: Wasn’t dominant at Rhode Island. Play strength is only average and he’s likely a scheme-specific player. Needs to establish more consistency with his punch in pass protection to complement how well he frames rushers. Timing and placement of punches is erratic. Has a tendency to duck his head on contact. There are leaning tendencies.
BEST TRAIT - Mobility
WORST TRAIT - Power, Punch
RED FLAGS - None
Rhode Island offensive linemen Kyle Murphy enters the NFL after starting 36 games in college with 21 coming at left tackle, 9 at left guard, 5 at right tackle and one at center. His experience playing nearly every spot up front is appealing and so is his footwork. Murphy’s lateral mobility and range project well to a zone blocking scheme and those qualities show up when framing pass rushers. With that said, his hands and play strength need to improve so he can reach his ceiling. The most notable concern, however, is that he did not truly dominate despite playing at a small school. Murphy has the upside to become a versatile backup at the next level but his forecast as a starter leaves much to be desired.