Prospect Watch: South Florida CB Jerome Murphy

It's odd to see that some sites like Football Outsiders consider cornerback to be the Green Bay Packers's biggest need. Despite their unbelievably bad performance in the Wild Card game, the pass coverage was ranked No. 3 by Pro Football Focus and they're only in need of one player who can send CB Jarrett Bush back down to the end of the bench. My hope is that former 2nd round CB Pat Lee, who was on I.R. for all of 2009, will be that player. But they could also use another player to either push last year's 6th round pick, CB Brandon Underwood, towards improvement or off the roster.

That player might be South Florida CB Jerome Murphy. According to the National Football Post, the Packers are scheduled to meet and/or workout Murphy after his impressive showing at the NFL combine. NFL Draft Scout projects him to go in the 3rd round. Whether you like the idea of selecting Murphy in the late 2nd, early 3rd round (if the Packers can trade down), he looks like a GM Ted Thompson-type cornerback. NFL Draft Scout says he's impressive in run support, which is critical in Dom Capers's 3-4 scheme because the cornerback cannot allow long runs down the sidelines. He's also a big cornerback at 6'0" and 196 lbs. which makes him about the same size and weight as the last two cornerbacks the Packers have drafted: Lee and Underwood. 

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