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 Post subject: Chris Marinelli, OG/OT, Stanford
PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:59 pm 
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PROS: A good downhill blocker that has pop off the snap. Initiates contact and shows a decent hand punch. Can pull and shows ability as a cut blocker. Has mean streak.
CONS: Has poor footwork and mismatched on the outside. Struggles with speed rushers, as he's slow into his stance, can't beat the inside counter move, and doesn't adjust well in space. Lacks the strength to drive defender off the ball. Needs to improve balance and technique, lacks base, and can be bull-rushed. Needs to do a better job locking on and finishing his blocks.
OVERVIEW: He was the starting left guard as a senior until an injury forced him to move to right tackle for most of the year. He spent most of his earlier years at right tackle, but he looked miscast for that role as a senior.
NFL FORECAST: If he plays guard in a zone-blocking scheme, he can stick. But he doesn't really have a starter's upside. He's a player that I think could work in Seattle or Houston because of the Alex Gibbs-style of blocking. He's just too limited to play outside, and continuously got beat over the course of his senior year. Moving inside to guard he could compete as a reserve, but even then would be overmatched as a starter. If he can add strength and get bigger, he stands a better chance. But he's a depth guy.
ATL FORECAST: He wouldn't be a great fit in Atlanta. He could compete as a reserve guard, but doesn't bring much more to the table that any other Falcon currently brings. He would at best be able to land a practice squad position, but lacks hte long-term upside to think he'll develop beyond that down the road.
VALUE: At guard, a team like Seattle or Houston that is a zone-blocking team might think about using a seventh round pick on him. But rather he should go undrafted because of his limited potential.

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