2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jeremy Murphy, WR, Concordia University
- Name: Jeremy Murphy
- Position: Receiver
- College: Concordia University
- Height: 6’2
- Weight: 190
- Twitter: jmurphy1405
- Instagram: j_murphy1405
What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2023 NFL Draft?
My combination of speed size and strength all mix well together, and it allows me to be more versatile than others. I can be set up outside, inside, or even at the tight end spot. I’m a great route runner, and got good hands but I can also block at all positions. All this makes me harder to guard as well as I can match up with any defender at any position.
At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
When I was 5 years old going by the football field in my town and I saw a football practice and told her I wanted to do that.
What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?
I am a great learner and a smart football player. It does not take me long to learn and adapt to a system. Also, I can read and adjust to a defense on the fly as plays develop. Adding this to my physical abilities makes me a tough player to cover.
If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?
I would donate to an animal wildlife preserve in Africa. I have always been fond of animals since I was a kid. A goal of mine is to go and visit these places throughout Africa and if I could help by donating money, even better.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
To just enjoy every moment, you have when you are doing something you love. I have been playing this sport long enough and consider myself very lucky to be in this position. I know that many would like to be in my spot. I have seen friends go out with injuries that would derail their careers. That is why every time I play or practice, I enjoy every moment of it. You never know when it could be your last one.
Who was your childhood hero?
When I was a kid, Saku Koivu was my hero. Living in Montreal kinda makes you a Canadiens fan. When he fought through cancer to comeback and play hockey, just that story was enough motivation for anyone to accomplish literally anything. I remember going to a game with my father when I was around 8 years old, we had comeback late in the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and he ended up scoring the game winning goal in overtime.
Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?
Hard to say, but if I had to pick someone I would probably say Louis-Felix Doyon. He unfortunately hurt his knee in the pre-season and ended up missing the whole year, but just his presence whether it be at games or practices lifted the energy up. He was always there for us at home or on the road. He was the first one to celebrate a big play jumping on one leg holding his crutches in the air cheering us on.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Being late. If I am late it frustrates me or if someone is late to an event it also frustrates me. I do not like waiting after people to go somewhere.
Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?
I would have to say that suffering two injuries that shortened my 2021 season was my hardest moment. I had played great until I got hurt and missed the remainder of the season. When I eventually came back, my confidence in my body was low and every time something felt “off” I was thinking that I was hurt again.
Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?
What I find special about my school is how it is separated into two different campuses that are completely different. You have the modern campus downtown with all the nicer, newer buildings. A bunch of restaurants to choose from. Then you have the campus that has more history to it, the architecture is completely different, and it brings a completely different vibe. It is also where you find all the athletic facilities
What is your favorite snack food?
Salt and vinegar chips are my favorite snack.
What is the best part of football?
The comradery that you develop with every guy on the team is something that no other sport has. Building a bond with these guys that you will be staying in contact with for the rest of your life. Some of them, especially within your own position become your closest friends for a very long time.
If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?
Someone that works very hard for everything but always likes to have fun and relax.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?
I’d say Terry McLaurin, solid route runner, great hands, can go up and get it more often than not, and very capable at fighting for yards after the catch.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with Kobe Bryant just to gain some knowledge and to get the firsthand experience on how he did things. Chadwick Boseman would be someone else I would like to have dinner with because he was my favorite actor, and his death really shook me. Lastly, the third person I would like to have dinner with is my position coach at Concordia, Seydou Junior Haidara, he really helped me become the player I am today and gave me so much more off the field as well.