In the past two years, Stanford’s Trent Murphy has amassed 25 sacks, including 15 last season.
How did he do it? In his own words, the 6 foot 5, 250-pound outside linebacker used a combination of size, technique and leverage
“I use my hands really well against offensive linemen,” Murphy said Friday, moments after being drafted in the second round (66th overall) by the Redskins.
Speaking of hands, Murphy had the biggest hands of any player at any position at the scouting combine, his mitts measuring at 11-1/8 inches.
“If you ever talk to any offensive linemen that I’ve pass rushed against, they’ll talk about how good my hands are and how they can never punch or get a strike on me. I bend really well for how long I am.”
Murphy was among the dozens of prospects who visited Redskins Park in recent weeks.
“I just kind of remember the facility and how, as I walked into the place, I knew that was definitely a place I could work in and work hard every day," Murphy said. "It was just kind of the place that I like to train and so it definitely felt like home. So I couldn’t be more excited that’s where ended up.”
Murphy joins a corps of outside linebackers that already includes standouts Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan and backups Rob Jackson and Brandon Jenkins, a second year player who made little impact last season. Orakpo is playing on the $11.45 million franchise tag, while Jackson is signed to a one-year contract.
“That is pretty exciting for me to just be able to learn from a couple of guys like that, and to see two guys who have been successful at this position and how they do it,” Murphy said of playing behind Orakpo and Kerrigan. “I’m pretty excited and hopefully I can find a role in that rotation.”