3 reasons the Jacksonville Jaguars should pick DL Myles Murphy in the 2023 NFL Draft
The Jacksonville Jaguars need to add reinforcements to their defense in the 2023 NFL Draft. Although taking a cornerback with the 24th overall pick would make sense, the front office has brought in a handful of pass-rush prospects over the last few weeks.
This isn't to say that the Jags will take an edge defender in the first-round pick. However, it wouldn't be shocking when you take into account that the Jags need to fill the void left by defensive end Arden Key, who signed with the Tennessee Titans in free agency.
Similarly, Dawuane Smoot hit the open market but remains unsigned after tearing his Achilles last year. Whether he returns or not, the Jags need to infuse their front seven with talent and one player to keep an eye on in Clemon defensive end Myles Murphy, who recently met with the Jaguars' brass.
A five-star recruit out of high school, Murph has gotten a first-round grade from several analysts and should still be available when the Jaguars are on the clock at No. 24. Here are three reasons he should be their pick.
3. Myles Murphy is the kind of prospect the Jacksonville Jaguars need
At 6'5" and 275, Murphy has the kind of tools Jaguars general Trent Baalke looks for in a defensive lineman. In fact, his measurements compare favorably to those of Travon Walker, the top pick in last year's draft.
Murphy can beat offensive linemen with his bull rush but can also use his pass-rush moves to shed blocks. Moreover, he's got the speed and bend to get around the edge.
On the other hand, Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network points out that Murphy needs to do a better job processing and finishing plays. Nevertheless, Crabbs thinks that the 2022 First-Team All-ACC can develop into an impact starter, and at No. 24, he would be a solid pickup for the Jaguars.