Former Utah Utes tight end Jake Murphy officially made his presence at the NFL Draft known on Thursday, April 16 when he and his team of agents released a highlight video that makes you want the NFL Draft to get here by tomorrow. Sadly for Utes fans who know what Murphy can do, that day will have to wait.
The video is grossly enthralling, a well produced piece that should have NFL teams salivating -- if they fall for stunning graphics and a solid script. Being that they’re NFL teams, however, they’ve probably seen it all before.
In the meantime most mock drafts have Murphy going in about the sixth round or later, so he probably needs all the publicity he can get. He broke his wrist in his highly anticipated junior year, scoring just five touchdowns on 417 yards.
If his production last year seemed a little low for a player with so much upside, it was. That said, there have been Hall of Fame tight ends who went undrafted and still got there on their own merit.
So it’s doubtful that a few doubts about some inabilities -- such as blocking and tackling -- will do much to dissuade NFL teams to consider taking a chance on him as the draft draws near. As the son of Hall of Fame baseball legend Dale Murphy, Jake has probably learned over the years to deal with criticism. So here are five reasons NFL teams should take a chance on him.