2014 NFL Draft Preview: Ranking the pass rushers by round based value

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Jan 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal linebacker Trent Murphy (93) celebrates the touchdown against Michigan State Spartans during the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

1.Trent Murphy Stanford (Round 2-3)

I have been speaking with as many scouts and people with an ear to personnel execs as I can and they have told me they expect Murphy to fall to the late second and even early third round. I cannot fathom this frankly. Murphy led the NCAA in sacks in a highly competitive conference and although he may not have the best first step, he has fantastic pursuit and an elite motor. He is also a fundamentally sound pass rusher that utilizes his hands well. To me this is a crazy drop for a guy I graded as a round one talent and if the Raiders could land Murphy in the third round it would be a massive Sio Moore-like steal for Reggie McKenzie.

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