Texas DL Byron Murphy listed among NFL Combine standouts

Potentially the top pick from the Texas football program in the 2024 NFL Draft, defensive tackle Byron Murphy, impressed in his showing on the first day of the combine.

Byron Murphy II, Texas football
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Texas football junior defensive tackle Byron Murphy II had a fantastic showing on Day 1 of the 2024 NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 29. Murphy impressed scouts and the media alike with solid times and measurements in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, and broad jump earlier this week.

PFF includes Texas football DT Byron Murphy II among the Day 1 NFL Combine standouts

The impressive showing for Murphy on the first day of action at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy helped vault his draft stock. He was already viewed as a potential middle-to-late first-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Murphy is likely now a solidifed middle first round pick if he continues to show out as he did at the first day of testing at the combine.

Pro Football Focus included Murphy among their Day 1 standouts from the 2024 NFL Combine. PFF mentioned that while Murphy "wasn't as impressive" as Florida State defensive tackle Braden Fiske on the first day of the combine, he still was a tremendous performer for a defensive lineman that stands at 6-foot and 300 pounds.

Murphy started the day with a good time in the 40-yard dash. He clocked in a 4.87-second 40-yard dash time, the third-fastest among defensive tackles.

The vertical jump also highlighted Murphy's athletic gifts, as he registered a 33-inch vertical leap. That was good for second best among defensive tackles in the vertical leap at the combine, only 0.5 inches less than Fiske's 33.5 inches.

Murphy's least impressive showing in any event on the first day of the combine was in the broad jump. He had a 9-foot-3 broad jump, which ranked him in the middle of the pack among defensive tackles in that event.

But the fact that Murphy still ranked in the top half of defensive tackles in his worst event at the first day of the combine shows just how impressive his testing was.

Murphy also got high marks for his performance in the position-specific drills at the combine.

Murphy still has more testing to do at the combine

To wrap up his portion of the events at the combine, Murphy still has to participate in the 3-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle, and the bench press.

Murphy will test in those three events at the combine on March 1.

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