Jerome Murphy (#23) was drafted as the first pick of the 3rd round of the 2010 draft by the St. Louis Rams. As a high school player, Murphy played both offense and defense.
He attended the University of South Florida and as a senior in 2009, he was first team All Big East. Murphy stands at 6 feet tall and has a 40-yard dash speed of 4.50.
He played the 2010 season with the Rams and was placed on injured reserve on August 31, 2011, missing the entire 2011 season. His NFL rookie stats include 30 tackles, three pass deflections, and one interception on defense. As a special teams player in 2010, he logged seven tackles and a fumble recovery.
Steve Spagnuolo is obviously very familiar with Murphy’s abilities. As head coach, he drafted Murphy and coached him in 2010.
Various news sources have opined that Murphy was waived because the Rams obtained Cortland Finnegan as a free agent; drafted corners in the second and third rounds of this year’s draft.
Injuries to the defensive line required the club to sign defensive tackle Kellen Heard when he became available—all which conspired to induce the Rams to release Murphy.
It is expected that Murphy will compete with Johnny Patrick and Corey White for the backup role as corner. Murphy can play press and zone coverage. His familiarity with Spagnuolo’s defense will stand him in good stead.
His rookie year solo tackle stats breakdown as follows:
Game Solo Tackles
vs Atlanta 5
vs Carolina 4
vs Denver 2
vs Detroit 2
vs Kansas City 2
vs New Orleans 0
vs Oakland 1
vs San Diego 2
vs San Francisco 2
vs Seattle 1
vs Tampa Bay 4
vs Washington 0
Total tackles 25