Jake Murphy ready for NFL Draft

By Dana Greene

Published 04/23 2014 09:48PM

Updated 04/23 2014 10:54PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Jake Murphy had a stellar career at American Fork High School and the University of Utah, but now the 6-4, 255 pound tight end is about to take his game to a whole other level.

Murphy is expected to be selected in the mid to late rounds of the NFL Draft in two weeks.

"I'm just excited," said Murphy. "I'm ready for this process to be over and find out where my family is going to be for the next little while."

Murphy left Utah after his junior season, catching 63 passes for 830 yards and 10 touchdowns. But at 24 years old, married with a 1-year-old daughter, Murphy has impressed NFL scouts with his maturity, skills and toughness. Murphy played with a broken wrist last season, had surgery, and defied the odds by coming back to play at the end of the year.

"Since I came back and played, it's completely healed," Murphy said about his wrist. "It's not a concern anymore. It was a bummer when it happened last year, but luckily it was a wrist injury and not a major knee injury or anything."

Since Murphy's life is about to drastically change, he has sought the advice of his father, 2-time Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player, Dale Murphy.

"Ya, I talked with my dad," Murphy said. "The main thing is just to remember that it's still a sport that you played in elementary school. You go out there and have fun and whatever happens, happens. But the main thing is just to enjoy this time."

Murphy is one of three Utes expected to be drafted, along with Trevor Reilly and Keith McGill.

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