The New Orleans Saints have a complete roster. However, if there was one position that you could say was a hole, it would be the middle linebacker position. The linebacker corps as a whole is solid. Headlined by All-Pro Demario Davis with solid starters, Alex Anzalone and Kiko Alonso. The problem is injuries. Anzalone has only been able to finish one season off of injured reserve as he has a been plagued with shoulder injuries since college. Kiko Alonso is also very talented, but he is coming off of the third ACL tear of his career. This is an injury that he suffered in the wild card playoff game against Minnesota. A young fiery linebacker who can come in and start, like Kenneth Murray, would be ideal for this defense that continues to improve.
Shot Out of a Cannon
The first thing that stands out about Murray is the fire that he plays with. This guy is 6’2, 243 lbs, quick, and extremely aggressive. They say it takes a special bread to play linebacker. Well, this guy looks to fit the bill. He plays at full speed at all times and is always in pursuit of the ball carrier. He honestly looks like a lion chasing down its prey, and it is so much fun to watch the passion and aggression. Murray is also really good at reading plays and blowing them up before they can even start. Murray accounted for 102 total tackles and 4 sacks last year at Oklahoma.
Young and Mature
The only thing that could derail a player with the talent of Murray is maturity. We’ve seen many times in the past, players who have all the tools on the field, but just can’t seem to get it together off the field. This is not an issue with Kenneth Murray. Murray is as mature as you could ask for from someone his age. He is a leader on and off field and would be a great fit in any NFL locker room. Just take a look at this interview Murray had with Jerry Jones and the Cowgirls. It doesn’t get much better than this…
How to Get Him
Murray checks all the boxes for a prospect. Next up is the question… How do we get him in the black and gold? Luckily for the Saints, Murray seems to be overlooked a little bit. Most mock drafts have him falling to the Saints at pick 24. This would be perfect because we would be able to fill a need without trading up and giving away draft capital. Murray would be an ideal pick for our Saints on April 23rd! Hold it.