Ryan Murphy will join his cousin, Marshawn Lynch, in Seattle this summer after being selected by the Seahawks on Saturday in the seventh round of the NFL draft.

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Oregon State safety Ryan Murphy prepares for a game against Washington State on Oct. 12, 2013, in Pullman. (Dean Hare/AP Photo)

Murphy was the Seahawks’ final pick of the 2015 draft, going 248th overall, rounding out Seattle’s eight players in the 2015 class. The Oregon State safety joins Beavers teammate Obum Gwachum, the defensive lineman whom the Seahawks took in the sixth round, for minicamp and training camp this summer.

But the player Murphy is most excited to see his Lynch, whom Murphy has been close to for his entire life. In fact, they went to the same high school in Oakland, Murphy stayed at Lynch’s home when he was 16 years old, and Lynch has helped Murphy find places to work out over the years.

“I was hoping to go against him,” Murphy admitted to reporters Saturday after his selection. “But, I mean, calling him a teammate, that’s great too. That’s great. He knows what I’m capable of. I’m just looking to do anything to fit on that team.”

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound defensive back started 11 out of Oregon State’s 12 games in 2014, mainly at free safety and in the nickle, collecting 65 total tackles (6.5 for loss) and eight passes defended, along with one interception and one forced fumble. But he was also the Beavers’ go-to kick returner last season after convincing head coach Mike Riley to give him the job.

It’s no surprise the Seahawks had interest in Murphy. They were on the search for kick and punt returners, also taking Kansas State receiver/returner Tyler Lockett in the second round, and were looking to add depth to the secondary after injuries gutted the Legion of Boom before and during Super Bowl XLIX.

“They’re just telling me to come in and compete,” Murphy said. “Of course you have, you know, guys like Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas who are all pros — so just get in where I fit in. So if that’s special teams, just working my way, a couple of plays here or there, I’ll be happy with that.”

“So if it’s returning kicks or returning punts, so be it,” he added. “I’m all in, just ready just to get my opportunity and show that I can play at this level.”

Murphy knows what he’s getting into this summer: Head coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks have their “always compete” mantra, and Murphy wants to take that to heart. As Lynch has told him, team practices are nearly as intense as games, and Murphy is looking forward to showing his toughness to Seattle’s coaching staff.

Murphy was in his Oakland bedroom when the Seahawks called Saturday afternoon, putting his 6-month-old son, Riley, to bed.


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