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Leif Murphy

DE | (6-2, 255, 4.85) | North Dakota State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Late father was a pro wrestler, and Leif has his father's colorful, pro-wrestler personality. Redshirted in 1998 and started at either defensive end or "stud" outside linebacker (pass-rush linebacker) from '99 through '01. Had 36 tackles, four sacks, five passes broken up and one interception in '99; 40-4-5-0 in 2000 and 34-11-5-1 in '01, when he also blocked two kicks and won All-Conference honors and garnered some Division II All-America recognition. Missed most of '02 with an assortment of injuries. Played eight games and had 19-2½-3 and two forced fumbles.

Positives: Quick, athletic pass rusher with quick hands and feet. Can redirect and counter and has a burst to the quarterback. Also has balance and a good first step and can disengage at times.

Negatives: Needs more bulk. Gives up too much ground and plays head up as a down lineman because he lacks size and strength to hold the point and play the run. Rarely drops into coverage like a conventional 4-3 outside 'backer and, therefore, hasn't shown the speed or hips to cover. Strength might also be a problem if he played over the tight end.

Summary: Tweener in terms of size and speed who would fit best as an outside linebacker in a Steelers-type 3-4.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.