Pros: A good short area player with good strength and pop off the snap. Gets push in the ground game and has good potential as a drive blocker. Has a nice hand punch and uses hands well. Shows decent technique in pass protection. Has good mobility and is able to get out to the second level and in front on screens. Has potential as a cut blocker.
Cons: Has slow feet and will struggle against speed rushers. Is a waist bender and loses balance and leverage. Struggles when left on an island.
Overview: Murtha is a solid run blocker that can play tackle, but probably would be a better fit inside. Started at both tackle spots at Nebraska, but spent past two years on the right side. Durability has been a concern. He missed four games this past year with an arm injury, staph infection, and sprained foot. Missed four games as a junior with a toe injury and his entire freshman year to leg and shoulder injuries.
NFL Forecast: Murtha would be a better fit inside than at tackle. But he could be an effective tackle in a zone blocking scheme. But he'd need help from the tight end to help him since he struggles on an island. Instead, he'd be a better fit inside because he has good pop and power off the snap. His issues in pass protection would be significantly lessened inside where his strength would match up well with defensive tackles. He has the potential to be a solid starter after a year or two of development. Won't be a great starter, but could be above average.
ATL Forecast: Murtha could beef up the Falcons running game. He's a similar player to Clabo, but not quite as effective in pass protection. But he has the potential to start at either guard or tackle for the Falcons. Ideally, you could team both him and Clabo on the right side which could potentially be formidable as far as clearing lanes for Turner. He could push for playing time early, but likely won't be able to make a significant impact until three years down the road.
Value: Murtha is a solid late round pick, that if a team wanted to move him to guard, might take him as high as the latter part of the fifth round.
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