3 reasons the Jacksonville Jaguars should pick DL Myles Murphy in the 2023 NFL Draft
2. Myles Murphy would be a fit on the Jacksonville Jaguars defense
Myles Murphy often played in a three-point stance at Clemson and that will probably be how he'll be used in the NFL. Matt Holder of the Bleacher Report scouting department says that Murphy is better suited to play a traditional defensive-end role and might not be a great fit on a team that asks him to play in a two-point stance.
In Jacksonville, Murphy would play with his hand on the ground but could also rush the passer from a standup position from time to time. Also, he wouldn't need to be pressed into action. The Jaguars already have a couple of starting defensive ends in Adam Gotsis and Roy Robertson-Harris, so the coaching staff could ease Murphy into the lineup and give him more playing time as he gets better.
On the other hand, Murphy could also line up at outside linebacker every now and then. Although the former Clemson Tiger might be at his best when he plays in a three-point stance he could join a pass-rush rotation that includes Travon Walker and Josh Allen.
While this idea might seem odd at first, Travon Walker rarely played in a two-point stance at Georgia but he made the transition to outside linebacker last year. The coaching staff could give also try Murphy out at outside linebacker and see how he fares. The point is to get him on the field and find out where he can have the most impact on a defense that ranked 26th in sacks last year.
1. The Jacksonville Jaguars can address other needs in later rounds
The Jacksonville Jaguars need to round out their cornerback group and bolster their tight end unit. Similarly, it wouldn't hurt to add an offensive tackle even though they just inked Cam Fleming. However, the team's brass doesn't have to do any of that in the first round and can instead take care of those roster holes in later rounds.
At No. 24, Jacksonville would be in a position to take one of the top cornerback prospects in the class. Moreover, Michael Mayer and Luke Musgrave, two of the highest-graded tight ends in this year's class will most likely be available when the Jags are on the clock.
Nevertheless, the front office could wait until the second round and still come out with a pretty good corner. The same is true for the tight end position. For the sake of argument, let's say the Jaguars wait until the third round to draft one, Tucker Kraft and Sam LaPorta should still be on the board.
Having said that, you shouldn't buy your Jaguars Myles Murphy jersey just yet. Precisely because of his talent, another team might jump in front of them and take him. Similarly, there could be a prospect with a higher grade than Murphy on the Jags' draft board and they could choose to go with him instead.
Either way, Murphy would bring tremendous value at No. 24 and the potential to become a mainstay of the Jaguars' defense for years to come.