As the supplemental draft closes in, curiosity of the fans begins to peak. Will the Chiefs toss their hat in the ring? Is there anybody available who is good enough to warrant giving up a pick in the 2010 draft class? Those answers cannot easily be provided. We as fans think we know what is best for the team, but our opinions do not have much significance when it comes to team operations. That said, there are a few players worth mentioning, and I believe Deon Murphy is one of them. His 2008 stats do not reflect him as a direct representation of a high-caliber receiver. Deon's totals for the year were not astonishing; (37) Receptions / (555) Yards / (6) TD's. However, against one of the nation's better teams, Oklahoma, he conjured up (7) receptions for (94) yards and (2) TD's. He is a speedy receier who, just a year ago, was among the nation's top punt returners. Deon is only 5'10", but has great speed (ran 40 in 4.36 secs), weighs 165lbs, and is strong for his size (benched 240lbs). He can also get up (35 in. vertical). SI provides postives and negatives...
POSITIVES: Elusive skill player who is dangerous handling the ball. Quick off the line, immediately gets to top speed, and comes back to the ball out of breaks. Effortlessly adjusts to the errant throw, and grabs the pass running full speed. Plays with terrific balance, body control, and effectively uses the sidelines. Displays good field awareness, quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception, and creates yardage in the open field. For the most part, possesses solid hands.
NEGATIVES: Undersized, loses out in battles, and gets marginal results blocking. Tends to drift out of routes rather than sharply exiting breaks. Does not possess home run hitting speed.
I'm not saying we grab him, but he should definitely be a blip on the radar.