Anyone can give you previews of the guys you will see drafted in rounds 1 through 3, but from now until the Draft I will be providing you with some players that will be drafted in round 4 through 7. My last post was on an offensive tackle from Ohio State name Reid Fragel. This post will keep it on the offensive side, but we will head south back into Florida to take a look at a young man from the University of Central Florida.
Latavius Murry, RB, UCF
Weight: 222 lbs
Latavius Murry is a big boy. At 6'3" 222 lbs Murry is a bigger back, but don't be fooled. He sported a 4.38 and 4.4 40 at his Pro Day. His length may provide more area for defenders to attach, but his long legs also provide strength to push the pile. Here is what Gil Brandt had to say about Murry's Pro Day.
"Latavius Murray, RB (6-foot-2 5/8, 223 pounds) — Murray ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 and 4.38 seconds. He had a 10-foot-4 broad jump and a 36-inch vertical jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.36 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.81 seconds. He also performed 22 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Murray was not at the combine, but has had a lot of workouts with NFL teams. This is a hot prospect right now and will be a draftable guy later this month." (Gil Brandt NFL.com)
Here is Murry against SMU that features an NFL caliber player in Margus Hunt.
You can see in the video above that Murry is a strong runner who isn't afraid to make contact. At the same time you can see the 440 speed and that he provides a second gear when he hits the secondary. Murry eats up a lot of open field with his long strides. Murry also does a nice job of finding the open hole and using his field vision to cut back into opening running lanes. Murry runs north and doesn't spend a lot of time going east and west. On key passing downs Murry knows he can step up and meet a blitzing linebacker or even help chip defensive linemen.
The most questionable part of Murry's game is his catching ability. The fact that his quarterback doesn't check down to him a lot when he is open gives the feeling that maybe his quarterback doesn't trust him to make the catch. Even when he catches the touchdown on the double pass he halls it it with his body and not his hands. When it comes to pass blocking he could also use some work on his footing and placement to ideally take on incoming blockers.
If a team wants someone along the lines of Knile Davis of Arkansas or a faster Le'Veon Bell from Michigan State, Latavius Murry from UCF is your man in rounds 5 through 7. He almost has the full package in speed, power, vision, blocking, but his hands are still in question. Murry could be an excellent compliment as a #2 back in almost any offense.