In this year’s NFL draft, the Los Angeles Chargers opted to trade back into the first round to select Oklahoma’s star linebacker, Kenneth Murray.
This is the first time the Bolts have traded in the first round since moving up to select now-former Chargers running back, Melvin Gordon, in the 2015 NFL Draft. One could say the Bolts drafted their future orchestrator on both sides of the ball this year.
Matt Miller, Bleacher Reports Top NFL draft Analyst has high praise for Murray.
“An athletic, productive, high-character team captain, Murray is the most productive run-defending linebacker in the 2020 draft class.”
Murray has some of the highest odds to win Defensive Rookie of The Year in the 2020-2021 season, per William Hill Sports Book.
Murray racked up some impressive stats during his three-year tenure with the Oklahoma Sooners. He tallied 325 tackles, 36.5 of them being for losses while also adding 9.5 sacks.
If you watch Murray’s tape you will notice a vivid difference in his game compared to other linebackers in this year’s class, and that’s his knack for getting to the ball, and tackling with vicious effort. His ability to read plays and shoot gaps are by far the best there is in this year’s class.
If the defensive coaching staff of the Chargers can help address his tendency of tackling ball carriers high rather than lower, soon enough Kenneth Murray could be in the elite level of NFL linebackers.
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