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NEWS Clemson’s Myles Murphy – skipped the Orange Bowl, will enter the draft

Clemson's Myles Murphy - skipped the Orange Bowl, will enter the draft

Clemson defensive end Miles Murphy, Mel Kiper’s No. 10 pick in the upcoming draft, told ESPN on Tuesday that he will skip the Orange Bowl and will declare for the NFL draft.

Murphy is one of the top prospects in the draft because he’s Kipper’s No. 1 defensive end. He’s expected to be the latest in a long line of defensive linemen for Clemson, joining the likes of Claryn Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence.

“It really came along so quickly,” Murphy told ESPN of his time at Clemson. “Three years ago today, I was preparing to head to Clemson. It was a very quick transition. Now I have entered the next phase and a new chapter of my life. Every major decision I made, I will go back Go to the family and make it a family and team decision. We all agree and think it’s the best decision.”

Murphy is the perfect finisher for a 4-3 formation, and he’s expected to bring elite speed to the position. He’s on track to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in around 4.6 seconds. What sets him apart, Murphy said, is the combination of speed and power.

“In my long-arm movement, the speed is combined with really good power,” Murphy said. “It’s just those two things, being a very quick defensive end and a very strong speed rusher at the same time. Make the offensive lineman think about those two opposite things.”

Murphy is projected to have a high ceiling in the NFL, as ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller listed him as the No. 5 pick in the draft.

He finished his Clemson career on a high note, posting 36.0 tackles for tackle and 18.5 sacks in his three years. He earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2022.

Asked what a team would get when they drafted him, Murphy said, “Honestly, really just a really good player,” he said. “The sky’s the limit. The harder I try, the better player I’ll become.”

Murphy appreciated his relationship with the coaching staff and teammates at Clemson, especially the combination of roles in the defensive line room.

“Going into one last practice and having that connection that we used to have,” he said. “That’s going to be the hardest thing. … Really, the whole defense. Just a mix of personalities. Make every day fun, fun and interesting.”

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