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2024 Dallas Cowboys Draft Guide | Defensive Tackles

2024 Dallas Cowboys Draft Guide | Defensive Tackles

DT: Byron Murphy | Texas

Defensive Tackle
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 297
  • School: Texas
  • Class: Junior
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Burst off the line of scrimmage is elite for a defensive tackle. Controls the line of scrimmage with great leverage and strength. Both, paired with his quickness, helped him become the most well-rounded prospect in the draft. Compact and shorter arms may bring problems against bigger offensive linemen at the next level. They’ve already led to missed tackles for loss at times. First punch could be more creative and adding pass-rush moves could help him develop.

OVERVIEW: Easily the most pro-ready defensive tackle in the 2024 draft class. Enters with a great mix of experience, explosiveness and edge. Murphy became one of the more dominant interior defenders in college football over just 16 total starts and 39 career games. He was named a 2023 AP All-American and Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year with a career-high 29 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. His production helped Texas advance to the College Football Playoff for the first time as a program, pairing with T'Vondre Sweat as a dominant duo on the inside.

COMPARISON: Michael Dean Perry