2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma

by Cory J. Bonini on April 11, 2011 @ 14:02:36 PDT

 


Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray concluded his senior season and set his sights on the 2011 NFL Draft. He scored at least 12 total touchdowns in each of his four seasons with the Sooners, highlighted by a 20-score 2010 season. 

Strengths

  • Phenomenal receiver
  • Speed to make the corner and separate from defenders
  • Intelligent, hard worker
  • DeMarco Murray, draft prospect
    Versatile playmaker
    Productive - Oklahoma's all-purpose yardage leader
  • Agility, change-of-direction ability
  • Size - 5-foot-11 5/8, 213 pounds
  • Route running - can be flexed out as a receiver
  • Nose for the end zone (63 collegiate offensive touchdowns)
  • Special teams return man experience

Weaknesses

  • Durability - running style leads to many injuries
  • Pass protection skills need to be improved
  • Ball security issues
  • Situational back in the NFL
  • Increased workload in 2010 led to lower production down the stretch
  • Could be more decisive as a runner

Expected draft placement

Given his role as a part-time player, coupled with Murray's laundry list of injuries, he isn't likely to come off the board until the third round. Any team looking to draft him should have a durable No. 1 running back and have a need for a situational back that can provide a spark in the passing game. He has recently drawn attention from the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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