DeMarco Murray: RB, 6-1/207

Oklahoma has put out some good runners in the past, and prior to his string of injuries, some thought Murray could be as good as Adrian Peterson.   Murray has stayed away from injuries this year.   Murray holds OU records for touchdowns, all-purpose yards, receiving yards by a running back and kickoff return average.  However, he seemed to lack the big play explosiveness that he possessed earlier in his career.  His yards per carry (4.34 in 2010) has never been fantastic, but  his 71 receptions ranked No. 10 in the Big 12.

The lack of explosiveness is a concern and Murray is slipping down to the third round.

    Rushing   Receiving
  759 3685 4.9 92 50   157 1571 10.0 76 13
2007 Oklahoma   127 764 6.0 92 13   14 60 4.3 25 0
2008 Oklahoma   179 1002 5.6 70 14   31 395 12.7 34 4
2009 Oklahoma   171 705 4.1 38 8   41 522 12.7 67 4
2010 Oklahoma   282 1214 4.3 63 15   71 594 8.4 76 5


Here's what Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports had to say:  Murray possesses a great initial first step, gets up to speed very quickly, and a rare second gear when he hits the open field.  He showcases impressive balance when accelerating around the corner, adjusts to defenders  can make anyone miss, and outruns cornerbacks on a regular basis.

And ESPN's Todd McShay  During one-on-one passing drills, he looks like a wide receiver. He runs crisp routes, knows how to separate, has strong hands and makes it look effortless.

Wes Bunting noted some limitations: Murray is reasonably tough inside, but he doesn’t have much leg drive and not a great runner after contact, and he benefitted from defenses adjusting to Oklahoma’s pass-heavy shotgun attack. Too often on tape you see Murray quickly pick up a head of steam pressing a hole inside, only to be tripped up and tackled by the fingertips of a defender closing on the play from the backside.  What becomes clearly obvious when watching Murray is that he runs too high both inside and in the open field and doesn’t display the type of body control needed to clean change directions or break tackles through contact.  Which brings us to the conclusion that maybe he isn’t cut out to be an every-down, inside-the-tackles-type option in the NFL.

So where does that leave him in terms of NFL potential? 

Murray projects ideally as third-down type of back, besides the impressive speed and acceleration in the open field, he does have the ability to consistently catch the football out of the backfield and can also create mismatches when split out in the slot.   He also displays a willingness to block in the pass game, and although he isn’t real physical and struggles with leverage, he does possess the body control to stick his head in and chop down defenders on contact.

Injuries:  Season ended early in 2007 after suffering a dislocated knee cap. Suffered pulled hamstring in 2008 Big 12 Championship game which required surgery, forcing him to miss BCS Championship Game. Suffered another hamstring injury in spring of 2009. Suffered an ankle injury in 2009 forcing him to miss one game and limiting him in two others.  Tons of injury concerns, his upright running style leaves him vulnerable to a ton of hits, and missed games during each of his first three years at Oklahoma.

Conclusion: Murray has everything it takes to reward the offensive coordinator and coaching staff that appreciates his versatility.  In the right offense, he could be an incredible difference-maker, as an X-factor type who can line up all over an offense and create like the New Orleans SaintsReggie Bush.

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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