Pros: Shows good quickness and burst. Closes quickly on the quarterback and able to make plays in space. DOes a nice job in pursuit and will chase down ballcarriers on the second level. Shows good awareness and recognition. Can shoot gaps and make plays in the backﬁeld. Has good strength and does well when he's being blocked one on one.
Cons: Doesn't have a great ﬁrst step. Doesn't get off blocks that well. Can wear down at times and disappear for long stretches of games. Doesn't always seem to play with high effort and needs to do a better job when double teamed. Durability and conditioning have been concerns in the past.
Overview: He's got a ton of upside, and could be an impact pass rusher at the next level. He plays mostly the 3-technique, but does get some reps at the nose and as an end in a 3-man front. Missed a game with an ankle injury as a junior and played through a sports hernia as a sophomore. Was suffering from a hamstring injury that limited him at the Combine. The turmoil with the coaching staff appears to be the primary driving force for why he left early. Probably should have stayed another year to develop more consistency. Started at both end and tackle. Only had 7.5 sacks for his career, but made up for it with 30 tackles for a loss a three-year starter.
NFL Forecast: Marks is a fairly high risk/reward player. He could be the next Gerard Warren, or the next Kevin Williams. He has versatility and could impact at multiple positions although as of right now, I think his best shot is in the 3-technique in the 4-3 or as an end in the 3-4. Now even if he turns into another Gerard Warren, he'd still be better than half the defensive tackles in the league, but he'll be a tease that can be great for a series or game or two, but then disappear for long stretches of a game or season. I think if you bring him along slowly, and not try to thrust him immediately into the starting lineup, you can have an impact player by his third season. But if you throw him to the wolves too early, he could struggle.
ATL Forecast: He has the upside to be the disruptive force on the line the Falcons really need. He could be developed as a nose tackle, but his length to impact there would probably take a bit longer than playing him in the 3-technique. As a nose tackle, he'd probably need at least an extra year on the bench to develop, and may not become an impact pass rusher. But with his strength and quickness, he could be a disruptive force. But at the same time, there is still that bust potential, and he could never really be more than an average No. 3 defensive tackle, much like Kindal Moorehead who had many of the same issues coming out of Alabama.
Value: Marks is mid-ﬁrst round talent for sure, but doesn't consistently play up to it. Taking him late in the second round would lower the risk potential signiﬁcantly.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
POINT OF ATTACK: 3.5
PASS RUSH: 4.0
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