Although they may not be a first round draft pick or someone that makes impacts, they still made the team. The National Football League has historically had some of the best athletes in the world. The Green Bay Packers themselves have a historic Franchise. Thirteen championships, four Super Bowl titles, and numerous NFC North/Central Championships make for one legendary franchise. These five under-the-radar players may still have something to prove, either to themselves and/or their critiques. Josh Hawkins, Trevor Davis, Marwin Evans, Kyle Murphy, Lucas Patrick are all players that strive to have a larger impact on the team.

 

Kyle Murphy was born on December 11th, 1993 in Mission Viejo, California. He attended San Clemente High school, where he, like many of the other Packer’s players, competed in multiple sports. He was in football and track and field. He went on to become a state champ in shot put. Coming out of high school, Murphy was deemed an ESPN.com 4-star recruit. By Superprep, he was deemed the Nation’s top OL coming out of high school. Murphy was also awarded the South Coast Conference Most Valuable Player award. After graduating, Murphy considered going to schools like Oregon, Florida, and Stanford. As we now know, he ultimately chose to go to Stanford.

During his freshman year at Stanford, he was just one of three freshman offensive lineman that saw action on the football field. He started two games, playing in fourteen his freshman year. In his sophomore year at Stanford, he played in thirteen games. The offensive line for Stanford during Murphy’s sophomore year ranked 11th in the country in sacks allowed, allowing only 1.14 sacks per game. Not only did they have solid stats in sacks allowed, but they also ranked seventh in the country for tackles for loss allowed, giving up only 4.14 per game. Murphy was a solid underclassman, and made large, positive strides going into his junior and senior years at Stanford.

In his junior year, he was awarded all Pac-12 second team, playing in thirteen games, starting all of them on the right side of the line at offensive tackle. In his senior year at Stanford, Murphy was elected team captain. He was awarded All Pac-12 first team, Associated Press All Pac-12 first team, and ESPN.com’s all Pac-12 first team. He played fourteen games in his senior year, this time shifting to the other side of the offensive line, playing left tackle. Murphy played a total of 54 games over his career at Stanford. Academically, he double majored in Science, and technology and society. Kyle is also the younger brother of Kevin Murphy, who played for the Minnesota Vikings as an offensive tackle.

Kyle was drafted in the sixth round (200 overall) by the Packers in the 2016 NFL draft. During the NFL combine, scouts deemed Murphy as a pro, ready for the run game, where fast edge rushers were his weakness. At the draft, he participated in bench press, pushing 23 reps. He was given a 5.28 grade—a developmental prospect. This kind of football player is exactly what Ted Thompson is looking for. Someone like Kyle Murphy can be developed into a solid football player. As a rookie last year, Murphy appeared in three games for the Packers. With the Packers losing T.J. Lang and J.C. Tretter, Kyle Murphy should look to have an impact in the upcoming year, and should become more of a familiar name.

 

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