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Murphy's transition to the NFL is likely to include a switch to a new position: defensive end. That's something often seen as a result of falling short of the speed expectations of outside linebacker and strength requirements of an end. He was the nation's sack leader in 2013 while playing linebacker at Stanford, and though his stock might have dropped after the combine, a team confident that his pass-rushing talents will translate to the NFL could take him off the board as early as the second round. Murphy might be one of the top-five defensive ends chosen after being a consensus All-American and two-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection as a linebacker. He could be asked to add some muscle for his new position, and despite having average strength, he's said to have the body type that will allow for the additional bulk. The combine didn't do him any favors with a 40-yard dash time of 4.86 seconds and 19 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds, nor did his performance at the Senior Bowl playing against top athletes under the microscope. At Stanford, though, Murphy was a three-year starter, and his decision to return for a fifth year was likely a good one. After finishing 2012 with 10 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss, Murphy bumped it up in 2013, totaling 15 sacks, with at least one in 10 of 14 games, and 23 1/2 tackles for a loss.