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 Post subject: Lawrence Marsh, DT, Florida
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:33 pm 
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LAWRENCE MARSH
6-5/295
Florida Senior
40: 5.15e

PROS:

Shows ability to anchor at the point of attack and get leverage. Takes on double teams. Shows an okay bull rush and power move.

CONS:

Doesn't really have any moves. Lacks a first step to really be disruptive or put pressure on the pocket. Doesn't do a good job getting off blocks. Will get pushed back by the double team at times and can't consistently anchor against quality competition.

OVERVIEW:

It's interesting that two years ago, Marsh was considered a potential first round pick in the draft, and now he's basically a marginal prospect. That's when he had his best season with 28 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and 3 sacks as a sophomore starter. But since then injuries have plagued him, and he's only had 17 tackles, 0.5 for loss, and 0.5 sacks in 18 games. He's a stack and shed defender that doesn't do a good job shedding. Was unable to compete this off-season due to having hip surgery in December. Was plagued by ankle problems throughout his junior year.

NFL FORECAST:

Marsh is a good fit in a 3-4 scheme, where he can play defensive end and add depth. But that's really all he is going to do. He just isn't a playmaker, and the durability concerns are major. He hasn't been healthy for two hole years, and because of the hip injury, it's likely his rookie season will be a complete wash. If you can develop him, he might be a good No. 3 DE in a 3-4 scheme down the road, but he lacks a starter's upside. He just doesn't make enough plays, and his development time when you consider he won't have a rookie year, makes it hard for teams to justify keeping him early on. I think he is good enough to stick around for awhile, but it wouldn't surprise me if he's out of the league three years from now. All he really does is eat blocks, and unless he puts on another 20-30 pounds and play the nose tackle, that skillset isn't that valuable.

ATL FORECAST:

Marsh is a body for the Falcons. He isn't disruptive enough to really think he has a chance of sticking in Atlanta. And his long-term value that would merit the Falcons keeping him on the practice squad or PUP as a rookie is minimal.

VALUE:

Even if Marsh was 100% healthy, he would probably only merit a 7th round flyer from a 3-4 team looking for a guy to create some competition in camp. But with the injury concerns, he's not worth drafting.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 3.0
Point Of Attack: 3.0
Quickness: 2.5
Pass Rush: 2.0
Motor: 2.5

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