|Marpet at the Senior Bowl. (AP/Brynn Anderson)|
One of the few players that managed to catapult up draft boards following the NFL combine. He blew away scouts with his athleticism. This was more surprising due to him coming from Division III. While many are questioning his ability due to not facing NFL quality opponents, his potential, given his athleticism, is more than intriguing to a lot of NFL teams. His behavior during the draft process shows a mature and knowledgeable young man who is willing to put the effort in to become the NFL player he will drafted to be.
Ali Marpet seems like a sharp guy. Handling himself better than most propects on PTD.
— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) April 20, 2015
Weight: 307 lbs
Arm Length: 33 3/8”
Hand Size: 10"
4.98 40 Yard Dash
30 Reps of 225 on Bench
108" Broad Jump
7.33 3 Cone Drill
4.47 20 Yard Shuttle
Joel Bitonio - The main difference is technique, where Bitonio has the edge. Both are great athletes with good quickness and speed. When blocking, both show a mauler mentality, making sure they finish their blocks, even if it means throwing their defender into the dirt. Playing in college at LT, like Bitonio, Marpet will have to make the transition to the interior of the offensive line in the NFL due to lacking in size.
The quickest and fastest guard in this draft by a long shot. Keeps feet pumping in run blocking. Physically dominated opponents in college. Has position versatility to play any of the three interior line positions. Gives constant effort. Finishes blocks and plays to the whistle. Will excel when asked to pull. His head doesn't dip when engaged with defenders. Has a mauler mentality.
Plays very upright. Can get out-leveraged by defenders. Doesn't show flexibility in hips and knees. Relied on his athleticism in order to make blocks instead of technique. Can outrun his blocks and get out of position. Footwork is average at best. Crosses feet too often. Short legs limit his ability to shuffle with defenders. Hand placement technique lacks, puts his hands on shoulders instead of inside shoulder pads.
Here is Ali Marpet's scouting report, @TheRealBIGDOOKY pic.twitter.com/Zpb6cdcobF
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) April 12, 2015
Here is the link to the game footage I watched on Marpet: http://clients.bproductions.com/ali-marpet-left-tackle-55
But I personally could see 2nd rd to specific teams RT @JoshNorris: For the Ali Marpet fans, #source #buzz points to a third-round selection
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 2, 2015
3rd round. Some team will reach for Marpet due to his potential. With his measurables, he looks very tantalizing to teams that play a scheme that needs his athleticism to play guard. He will struggle if forced to play from the start. Would benefit from some coaching and time to develop into the player he can be.
The Patriots were one of 8 teams to attend a private Ali Marpet workout.
— Ethan Hammerman (@Ethanhamm) April 8, 2015
Will the Patriots draft him?
If he is there at the end of the 3rd or the start of the 4th round, and they have already taken a guard earlier, he would be a great project for the Patriots to develop behind Wendell to eventually take over his role. His speed would be ideal for the pulls that the Patriots require their guards to perform. With high level coaching he could become a starter the following year, but if he is asked to be a day one starter he will struggle. I don't see Marpet being in the top three guards on the Patriots big board. They need starters now.
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