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Arizona Cardinals rookie Byron Murphy receives intriguing NFL comparison

The Arizona Cardinals took cornerback Byron Murphy with the first pick of the second round and if he lives up to the comparison made by Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, the team is going to be in for a real treat.

Murphy was a standout corner for the Washington Huskies and decided to leave school two years early to join the NFL. This is a ball-hawking corner who is always near the football, and Zierlein thinks the best comparison to him is Brent Grimes.

Ball-hawking man corner who makes up for a lack of physical tools with outstanding instincts, toughness, and short-area quickness. Murphy’s ball production per target is as good as you will find thanks to an innate ability to process the quarterback and route development simultaneously. His long speed is below average and will panic and start grabbing when he ends up in an unexpected trail position. His short-area twitch and run support toughness could make him an early target for teams looking for help at the nickel.

Grimes is currently a free agent, but spent the first six years of his career with the Atlanta Falcons after being an undrafted free agent. He spent three years with the Miami Dolphins and the last three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Grimes has seemed to get four or five interceptions every year and so far in his career has racked up 33 interceptions. If Murphy can go after the ball like Grimes and the team keeps Patrick Peterson, maybe those are the two guys the Cardinals needs to turn around the back end of the defense.