Hits most of his assignments, particularly between the tackles. But also does a good job making the block on the edge. Shows good pop and power in the hole and consistently delivers blow to defender. Does a good job keeping his feet moving after contact. Contributes well in pass protection. Can line up at H-back and does a nice job getting position against the defender in space. Fights for extra yards as a runner and does a nice job in short-yardage and goalline situations. Tends to crave contact as a runner in space and looks for a defender to run over after the catch. Does a nice job filling the hole as a linebacker and does a good job in confined space. Takes pretty good angles to the ball in space and pursuit. Wraps up and is able to make the stop at the point of attack.
Will miss some assignments when blocking on the edge because he doesn't adjust well in space. Body catches too much. And not a real threat as a runner. On defense, he is a limited athlete and lacks range. Struggles in coverage because he doesn't have good hips. And doesn't cover a lot of ground because of limited speed. He'll miss open field stops because he doesn't close well on the ball. Struggles to shed blocks against the inside run and gets caught in the trash.
Marecic played both ways at Stanford this past year. And while that makes him an intriguing pro prospect, his NFL future is solely at fullback because he's very good in that role, and just projects as a special teams player as a linebacker due to being limited with his speed, range, and athleticism. Besides Andrew Luck, it's arguable that he's the biggest reason for Stanford's success the past few years with his ability as a lead blocker to help them establish one of the better ground attacks in the country. The lead blocker for four years, he combined for 36 carries for 67 yards (1.9 avg) and 9 touchdowns with 25 receptions during his career. This past year as the starting MLB, he had 51 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 2 sacks, 2 picks, and 5 pass breakups.
Marecic is one of the more consistent lead blockers you'll see. He fits well in the smashmouth style at Stanford. While he's not always the most physically dominant lead blocker at the point of attack, he usually hits his assignments and the defender will remember it. He has the potential to be a very physical lead blocker as he continues to develop. He can contribute in short-yardage and in the passing game, but not to a huge degree. Probably not anymore so than Mughelli has here in Atlanta. As a linebacker, he would project purely as a special teams guy and potentially a backup dependent on his ability to play on special teams. But you like the fact that he's a two-way guy, which shows his toughness, and you know that as a fullback he should be solid on special teams. In an emergency, you could plug him at ILB in a 3-4 and probably get away with it for a game or two, which is what Stanford did with him as a junior, but then it grew from there his senior year. He should become one of the top fullbacks at the next level due to his toughness, power, and consistency. Again, he'll fit best in a power-oriented offense that likes to use I-formation like they did at Stanford.
Marecic is a very good fit in the Falcons offense, and if the Falcons were looking for someone to develop behind Mughelli, they couldn't find a better option. He could immediately contribute on special teams and as a reserve for Mughelli. And his upside is such as a lead blocker that he's probably good enough to push and unseat Mughelli by his second year. Mughelli has two more years left on his contract, but the Falcons could go with a youth movement at the position sooner than that if they picked up Marecic.
Marecic is good enough to be taken at the top of the fourth round.
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Scouting reports of the running backs and fullbacks in the 2011 Draft.
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