#9 Kenneth Murray
High School: Elkins (Missouri City, TX)
Accolades: 2019 3rd Team All-American. 2019 1st Team All-Big 12.
Scouting Report: LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Speed/Athleticism: Kenneth Murray is not super athletic, but he’s tenacious and fights to get the job done. Very quick and has good instincts that put him into positions to succeed. 14/20.
Strength/Power: Murray has good strength. He’s not going to overpower any offensive linemen in the NFL, but he has good strength to power through a runner while making a tackle. 11/15.
Tackling/Pursuit: Very solid tackler. Murray reminds you of the old school linebackers from the earlier days of football. He’s hard-nosed and tough to contain. His pursuit angles could be better at times as he often under-pursues the play and removes himself from it. 16/20.
Coverage Ability: Not the greatest player in coverage. Recorded 6 career pass break-ups. Plays zone coverage in underneath situations but doesn’t show much of an understanding of how best to play zone coverage. The effort is there, which allows you to believe he’s coachable with it, but he oftentimes looks out of sorts while playing zone coverage. He doesn’t have the speed to go 1v1 with a tight end. 12/20.
Pass Rush Ability: Shows excellent timing in his blitz assignments. Murray understands how best to attack an offensive line by showing good recognition of their assignments and schemes and usually attacks unblocked. He hasn’t really shown any ability to make any moves to get off of blocks when he does get caught and struggles in those situations – even against running backs. 7/10.
Football IQ/Instincts: Murray shows great instincts and football intelligence. Recognizes plays quickly and disrupts them multiple times a game. Shows the ability to impact the game not only on the stat sheet but off of it. He does well to create opportunities for his teammates, understanding that he can’t be a one-man wrecking crew. While he seems to do very well as a run defender, his pass defense seems to be limited. He doesn’t seem to understand passing concepts very well and doesn’t position himself very well in his zone assignments. 7/10.
Leadership/Personality: One of the leaders in the locker room and a 2019 team captain, Kenneth Murray is an inspirational leader who was able to rally with quarterback Jalen Hurts. Certainly not a low effort player by any means. 5/5.
Overall: Kenneth Murray shows the potential to be a very good linebacker in the NFL, as long as he can grasp NFL level passing concepts. He’s a smart, heady linebacker with a high motor who will be excellent as a run defender. As of now, I think he projects best as that linebacker that comes off of the field when the defense switches to a nickel set. He will impact the league immediately as a run defender, but the rest he will need time and coaching to work on. He’s a late day two guy in my book, possibly early day three.
Injury Rating: (+2)
Ceiling Rating: (3)