2. 5. Jake Murphy, Utah
6-foot-4, 252 pounds
2012 season: 33 rec., 349 yds., 4 TDs
Utah had six different quarterbacks attempt a pass in 2012. That couldn’t have made Utes receivers very happy, but still Jake Murphy was able to lead the team in TD catches while establishing himself as a legitimate goal-line blocker.
Consistency is a virtue. Well, maybe not a virtue but it’s pretty important. There were games in 2012 where Murphy was nonexistent in the passing game. This could be attributed to the poor quarterback play, but he needs to do something every game in order to climb the ranks of 2014 tight end prospects. With sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson likely to win the starting job, Murphy will be able to develop the chemistry unavailable to him in 2012. He will get opportunities in the 2013 season; he just needs to make the most of them.
He excels when catching in traffic, sometimes with four defenders surrounding him. He is a guy who knows where the sticks are on 3rd down, and he rarely drops a ball. Murphy has the most upside of any tight end prospect and should be a top 10 tight end overall in the 2014 draft.