Thursday, April 9, 2009

Player Profile: Lydon Murtha Nebraka Offensive Tackle

Pros: Murtha had a great Combine. He ran the 40 in 4.89, at 6’7’’, 309 pounds. He is a very impressive physical specimen with rare athleticism, which allows him to get into position quickly. He has above-average mobility.

Cons: Murtha plays too high and is often overpowered by the bull rush. He could add some weight and definitely needs to add strength before he is ready to play against NFL defenders. Some of his harsher critics describe him as being a bit soft. The former Cornhusker will not win many one-on-one battles or physically dominate his opponent. Not overly productive as a collegian, Murtha is likely limited to playing right tackle at the next level. Durability is a major concern for the Nebraska product who used a medical red-shirt as a true freshman and missed four games in each of the past two seasons due to a foot injury.

Scout’s Take: He is a decent prospect that shows a lot of upside. If he can hit the weights and become more of a physical force, he could be a pleasant second-day pick for an NFL team. However, if he is not able to become stronger, he will not last long in the NFL.

Photo Credit:
College Press Box (Nebraska)