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 Post subject: Craig Marshall, DE, South Florida
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:57 am 
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CRAIG MARSHALL
6-5/276
South Florida Senior
40: 4.85e

PROS:

Flashes ability and potential as a straight-line power rusher. Can get upfield somewhat and make stops in the backfield. Gets leverage at the point of attack. Can work laterally down the line and make stops in pursuit. Has a good motor and will chase ballcarriers downfield. Shows decent recognition to maintain outside contain.

CONS:

Lacks a first step that can challenge the edge. Lacks suddenness to his game. Needs to do a better job getting off blocks at the point of attack. Not natural when playing with his hand off the ground.

OVERVIEW:

Marshall is a guy that can be a decent rotational option at the next level. With his size and strength, he can develop into a run-defending left end in a 4-3 scheme, as well as potentially bulking up even more to play in a 3-4. He was limited by a foot injury his senior year, but still managed to start 8 games and finished with 34 tackles, 9 for loss, and 4 sacks. He was the replacement for George Selvie in their defense. Two previous years as a rotational player, he combined for 39 tackles, 10 for loss, and 5 sacks. He was a JUCO transfer from Pearl River JC.

NFL FORECAST:

Marshall has a chance to stick as a reserve player if he can get bigger and stronger vs. the run. He's not an impact pass rusher and his lack of burst will limit how much he can impact there. So his best bet will be to bulk up and get better vs. the run. He shows potential there. Right now, he could be a decent backup left end for a team that can get work on running downs. If he continues to get bigger, like up around 285-290, he could be a good fit in a 3-4 scheme, where his lack of burst is not as big an issue. But in the end, he's at best a No. 4 defensive end that can help a rotation, but he's going to be hard-pressed to stick long-term with most teams.

ATL FORECAST:

Marshall could potentially fill a similar niche as Chauncey Davis, but he's still a ways away from being good enough to beat out a guy like Davis for a roster spot. As a Falcon, his best hope would be to stick on the practice squad for a year or two to get that time to develop and then two or three years from now can land a reserve spot as the No. 4 guy in the rotation that works on running downs just like Davis now.

VALUE:

Marshall is an undrafted prospect, although maybe a team will give him a look late in the seventh round.

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

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

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