CB Eric Murray
Pick: Round four (No. 106)
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Combine stats: 31 3/4-inch arms, 9-inch hands, 4.49-second 40-yard dash, 15 bench reps, 39 1/2-inch vertical jump, 124-inch broad jump, 7.08-second three-cone drill, 4.05-second 20-yard shuttle, 11.19 60-yard shuttle
How he fits: No team ever has enough cornerbacks these days in the pass-happy NFL.
Murray provides protection in case Phillip Gaines, a 2014 third-round pick, isn’t 100 percent as he returns from a torn ACL and if Steven Nelson, a third-round pick last season, doesn’t make a leap forward. Murray might be best in the slot immediately. He started the last 39 games with the Golden Gophers, playing primarily press-man coverage and recording two interceptions with 24 pass breakups. Murray’s speed allows him to run with receivers vertically and, coupled with his supreme athleticism, that might allow him to bounce outside.
Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer