had to take. Ended up at Fort Hayes State and has been productive for them the past two seasons.
Possesses very good straight-line speed, gets up to speed quickly, showcases good balance and fluidity when asked to set up his vertical routes and accelerate quickly down the field and really showcases a second gear when asked to track the football.
Is still maturing as a route runner, isn't asked to run many sharply breaking routes and will need some time to develop in that area. Isn't the most natural of pluckers either. Consistently lets the ball get into his frame on all levels of the field and doesn't look real comfortable when asked to extend his arms and snatch the throw off his frame. Also competes on the track team and has done a nice job growing into his 5-11 frame and he now possesses a solid-looking upper and lower half.
Impression: The guy can run — there is no doubt about that. However, he has some character concerns, isn't a natural plucker of the football and will need to learn the route tree. His speed is tough to overlook, but in my view he doesn't seem to be worth all the trouble at this stage to warrant a draft pick."
Scouts would have liked to have seen more of these big plays transfer onto the field at the East-West Shrine game, but there were flashes. Invited to the Combine, Murdock could surprise as a late-round selection if he is impressive in all pre-draft workouts.
Positives: Good initial burst off the line of scrimmage to get into his route. Demonstrates the balance, quick feet and burst to generate separation as a route-runner. Catches the ball cleanly with his hands, away from his body. Shows the ability to track the ball over his shoulder and is willing to leave his feet to make the diving reception. Good concentration to make the difficult reception. Good leaping ability and surprising strength to come down with the jump ball. Has matured into a team leader.
Negatives: Starred against poor competition and struggled to translate his production at Fort Hays State into big plays during the practices and at the East-West Shrine Game. Was able to get away with rounded off routes and freelancing at the lower level. A bit stiff and isn't able to consistently elude defenders in tight quarters. More of a straight-line athlete."
Positive: Quick, sure-handed receiver best in the underneath coverage. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, immediately gets to top speed, and extends to make the reception away from his frame. Plays with good balance, body control and easily makes the over-the-shoulder reception. Remains focused, displays good eye/hand coordination, and gets vertical over defenders to come away with the ball. Flashes the ability to run tremendous routes and gets separation from defenders.
Negative: Will have difficulty handling jams at the next level. One-speed receiver who cannot break it deep. Ran poor NFL routes during the combine.
Analysis: Murdock is a solid receiver prospect who stood out on the small school level. He possesses the size, quickness, and ability to be a fourth/fifth receiver in the NFL."
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