Finding Broncos: Ali Marpet, OL

In this edition of Finding Broncos, MHH Analyst Erick Trickel takes a look at small school Hobart College’s Ali Marpet. Marpet has some of the best technique of offensive linemen in this draft, making him a very interesting prospect. But would Marpet fit with the Broncos?

Ali Marpet, Offensive Linemen, Hobart

Measurements:

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 307 pounds

Arm Length: 33-3/8 inches

Hand Size: 10 inches

NFL Combine Results:

40-yard Dash: 4.98 seconds

10-yd Split: 1.74 seconds

3 Cone Drill: 7.33 seconds

Shuttle Run: 4.47 seconds

Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches

Broad Jump: 9 feet

Bench Press (225 lbs): 30 Reps

Pro Day Results: N/A

College Stats: N/A

Pros

Ali Marpet had a great Senior Bowl against some of the top players in this year’s draft class. He has some of the best technique I have seen from an offensive linemen this year, and in the past five years. He has the technique to play anywhere on the offensive line at the next level and the versatility, but he might be better playing on the interior.

He stays square on his assignment and keeps his man in front of him. He has a high football IQ and has an ability to read the body language of defenders and knows their next move.

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He has a high football character on and off the field. Marpet is a mean, nasty and tough player that you want on the offensive line. He is as athletic as they come for offensive linemen.

He has excellent footwork and leg drive to be proficient when used as a pulling guard or while moving. He works great on double teams, but also stays aware of what's going on around him to possibly pick up a late rusher on his side.

Cons

Marpet is a bit on the smaller side for NFL offensive linemen. He has good arm length and height, but has shorter legs. He played in Division III against weaker competition, which he dominated, but not consistently against possible NFL talent. He has a tendency to lunge for blocks. He has some room to add bulk to his frame and struggles to redirect defenders on run plays consistently.

How he fits with the Denver Broncos

Ali Marpet has the best technique of any offensive linemen I have watched this year, and there have been a lot. It is also some of the best I have seen since I really started scouting players about eight years ago. He has all the tools needed to have a long and great NFL career, and I really hope in the late second round the Broncos take Marpet and work with him to play either center or guard.

Unlike Laken Tomlinson, Ali Marpet is built for a zone blocking scheme. He has the movement, footwork, hand technique, athleticism and football IQ to have major success in the scheme. His style of play is very much like Chris Myers, who was a stud center for Gary Kubiak while he was with the Houston Texans.

The only real big knock on Marpet that can’t be fixed with coaching is the level of competition he faced, but he took major steps towards answering those concerns at the Senior Bowl.

If the Broncos were to draft Marpet, he would add interior offensive line competition, as he is built to play on the interior in the NFL. He could also compete at right tackle for the Broncos. Ali Marpet is versatile enough that he adds excellent depth right away on the offensive line.

With major concerns about left guard, center and right tackle, one would expect the Broncos to throw Marpet into the mix at any one of those positions, were they to draft him.

Ali Marpet should go somewhere in the early-mid third round, so unless the Broncos make a trade, they should be considering him there in the late second round. However, I can see a situation where Marpet is off the board by then.

He should only be a consideration with the Broncos second round pick. If the Broncos draft Marpet and keep him in a zone blocking scheme, it wouldn’t surprise me if he had a long and storied career, filled with multiple Pro Bowls and other top offensive linemen honors.

Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook.

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