STANFORD, Calif. – Trent Murphy was selected 47th overall by the Washington Redskins during the 2014 NFL Draft.
Murphy, the 15th pick of the second round, was the first Stanford player selected in the draft.
"I'm absolutely speechless," Murphy said. "I had a team visit out there and I couldn't be more excited and more thrilled to be part of the organization and the community.
"I'd like to thank everyone for all of their support, and I'm ready to get back to work."
Couldn't be more EXCITED to be part of the Washington Redskins!!!! LETS GET TO WORK pic.twitter.com/gwKnrUXtPH— Trent Murphy (@TMurphy_93) May 10, 2014
Murphy, who leaves Stanford with a degree in science, technology and society, is the first Cardinal defensive player drafted since 2011 and the first linebacker since Michael Okwo went to the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 2007 draft. He's the highest drafted Stanford defender since Tank Williams in 2002.
Murphy is the 13th Cardinal drafted by Washington. Jared Newberry last went from The Farm to the Redskins in the sixth round of the 2005 draft.
Murphy played in 14 games while starting at outside linebacker as a fifth-year senior. He finished the season with 62 tackles (37 solo), two forced fumbles, six pass breakups and one blocked kick. Murphy ended his Stanford football career with 40 consecutive starts.
He topped his collegiate career off with an invite to the Senior Bowl and was named a consensus All-American. He was tabbed Walter Camp, AFCA, FWAA, Sporting News, Phil Steele, SI.com and ESPN.com All-America first team and USA Today, Athlon Sports, CBSSports.com All-America second team.
Murphy was also honored on the All-Pac-12 first team along with first team all-league honors from the Sporting News, Athlon Sports, ESPN.com and Phil Steele.
Murphy earned Stanford’s Jack Huston and Frank Rehm Awards as a team captain. He was a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Rotary Lombardi Awards while landing on watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski and Butkus Awards. He was twice named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.
Murphy tallied two tackles and a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown at Washington State for his second career interception return. He notched seven solo tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one forced fumble against Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
As a senior, Murphy started all 14 games and led the team with 10.0 sacks and 18.0 tackles for loss. He added 56 tackles (38 solo) and one forced fumble. He was named to the All-Pac-12 first team, CBSSports.com All-America second team, Associated Press and Phil Steele All-America third teams, and SI.com All-America honorable mention.
A Butkus Award semifinalist, Murphy ranked 23rd nationally with 1.29 tackles for loss/game and 29th nationally in sacks/game (0.71). He totaled a season-high 10 tackles at Notre Dame and returned an interception for a 40-yard touchdown at Washington. He was the recipient of the Jack Huston Award for exceptional performance and unheralded efforts.
Murphy started all 13 games at outside linebacker as a junior, posting 40 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, including five tackles against San Jose State in his first career start. He added 10 tackles (nine solo) and 2.0 tackles for loss against Oregon.
As a sophomore, Murphy was limited to two games due to injury. He recorded two solo tackles against Sacramento State.