“Emotional” Murphy Ready To Prove Doubters Wrong

The NFL is frequently referred to as “a business.” Thursday evening during the draft Byron Murphy learned about it all firsthand.

The former Saguaro High School two-way star who became an All-Pac12 cornerback at the University of Washington was expected by many experts to be selected anywhere from the middle to the end of the first round.

Unfortunately, much like his former Saguaro teammate Christian Kirk one year ago, the first 32 picks didn’t include Murphy.

“Obviously, this is emotional for me,” Murphy said late Thursday night in front of a large group of family, friends and former teammates who attended his draft party in Scottsdale. “I thought I was going to be the first corner off the board but everything happens for a reason.”

Georgia’s Deandre Baker was selected by the New York Giants with the 30th pick of the first round. 

Day 2 draft coverage continues Friday afternoon at 4:00 with the second and third round selections.

The Arizona Cardinals hold the first pick of the second round (33rd overall). 

A Valley native, Eric has had a passion for the Arizona sports scene since an early age. He has covered some of the biggest events including Super Bowls, national championships and the NBA and MLB playoffs in his near 20 years in local media.