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Seahawks Mailbag: First-Round Pick Byron Murphy II Answers Question From Fans

You had questions for Seahawks first-round pick Byron Murphy II; he had answers.

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The draft is behind us and it's time for this year's rookie class to hit the field for rookie minicamp, which begins Friday, but before that gets going, we have a very special guest answering questions for this week's mailbag. Instead of yours truly answering questions from y'all, this week we decided to have defensive tackle Byron Murphy II, Seattle's first-round pick, answer some questions from you, the fans. As always, the mailbag is always open for submissions at, though Murphy probably won't be answering your questions next time.

@NucksFan4L asks, "What makes you stand out from other defensive players in this draft/what makes you the best defensive player in this draft?"

Murphy: "The things I do on the field, I feel like other guys can't do. Just the way I'm able to stop the run, pass rush, I'm an all three-down lineman. It's hard to find that in today's NFL. I feel like I'm just different, just the way I take on blocks, doubles, pass rush, everything."

@walkngirl ask, "Who do you model your game after?"

Murphy: "Aaron Donald. I feel like I'm just like him. I'm trying to have an impact like he had in the league, if not better. That's what I'm aiming for."

@Jake_Denning asks, "What does your current playlist look like?"

Murphy: "YoungBoy, that's my favorite artist. I love YB."

@bobo4MVP asks, "Who was your favorite player growing up?"

Murphy: Russell Wilson. I'm a defensive guy, but I love Russell Wilson. That was my guy growing up.

And some questions from Instagram…

@qualyn_04 asks, "What inspired the all-Gucci fit on draft day?"

Murphy: "I just decided to go Gucci that day. I love Gucci, I'm a big fan of Gucci, so I was just like, I'm going to go all out, go Gucci from head to toe. That's just what I was feeling, I was feeling like Gucci that day, so I went Gucci."

@ebiwright asks, "What are your first impressions of Seattle?"

Murphy: "It's beautiful outside, I'm already loving it. The water is pretty, it's nice, cool breeze, it's amazing. I'm just happy to be here."

@Eli.o889 asks, "Who you got in the Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake beef?"

Murphy: "I'm going to have to go with Kendrick. I ain't no fan of Drake."

@nathanie.el asks, "What QB do you want to sack the most?"

Murphy: "Man, I want to sack the best of the best. I want to sack guys like (Patrick) Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, all the top-of-the-line quarterbacks. All the best of the best."

@ykzach asks, "What made you a Seahawks fan when you were young?"

Murphy: "The Legion of Boom, Russell Wilson, and the colors and everything. Just the way those guys were going out there and playing. Just the way they played, a different type of attitude and swagger."

@huyxh0 asks, "What do you drink before a game?"

Murphy: "Gatorade, water, and also I like to drink beet juice before a game."

@jassanghaa asks, "What's your main goal and focus as a rookie?"

Murphy: "My main goal first is to win games. And win Defensive Rookie of the Year, that's one of my goals. And Super Bowl too."

@goldendation2 asks, "What's your favorite play you made at Texas?"

Murphy: "Versus Wyoming when I ran out there to the flat and caught the ball for a touchdown, that was my favorite play. It was the best feeling in the world."

Seahawks 1st round pick Byron Murphy II arrived at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the first time on Thursday, May 2, 2024. Check out some of the best photos from his first day with the Seahawks.