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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Anthony Murphy, DE, Southeastern Louisiana University

Southeastern Louisiana defensive end Anthony Murphy has a knack for getting in the backfield

Southeastern Louisiana defensive end Anthony Murphy has a knack for getting in the backfield

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!

What is your name? 

Anthony Murphy Jr

What is your Height/Weight? 

6’4 275

What is your position? 

DE

Where do you play college football? 

Southeastern Louisiana University

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field? 

Volunteered at a local elementary school twice, we read books, did an obstacle course for the young children, and served food to the children

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take? 

The hardest class I would have to say I took was an Finance class, but I was successful in passing it

Where are you from? 

Compton,CA

Who is your role model, and why? 

I would have to say Khalil Mack, his work ethic on and off the field, how dominant of a force he is, and the way he gives back to the community and younger crowd 

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

No other sports, first time playing football was my senior year of high school.

Did you play any other positions in football? 

TE, FB

At your position, what separates you from others? 

I feel that I have multiple sets of tools that separate me from others ( size, speed, knowledge of the game, being a playmaker, and playing with relentless effort)

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

First I look at OL check for run/pass looks & see if they have any weakness that I can attack. Next I look at formations in whether they indicate run, pass, and screen. Next I pay attention to the QB if the QB can move around and be mobile that determines what type of rush moves I can use.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Cameron Artis-Payne , played against him 2012 when he was at Allen Hancock College, I was a freshman.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why? 

If I had to compare myself to a player it would have to be Cliff Avril, because of the long arms & quick first step he has. Always because of edge rush he posses beating tackles on the edge.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it? 

Tore my ACL New Years Day 2014 and had surgery the next day. Doctor told me that it was a possible that I wouldn’t be able to get back on the field until about 10-12 months after the surgery. Sitting at home I had thoughts of calling it quits at times. I prayed to god every night, and worked 10x harder in rehab. Less than 6 months I was back on the field 100%. I feel like it made me the player I am today.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

Yes, I listen to Kendrick Lamar and Young Thug before every game, they get me in my zone.

What is your biggest strength? 

Pass Rush

anthonyWhat is your biggest weakness? 

Double Teams

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say? 

Accountable, Extreme Effort, Coachable 

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up? 

Steve McNair

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose? 

Kevin Hart, Jay-Z, and my Grandma who never had a chance to meet.

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

My Mother a house 

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