But once Maxey hits the field, a real competitive drive takes over. Maxey played nickel back for the Hurricanes in 2004 as Antrel Rolle starred in the defensive backfield. When Rolle left Miami for the NFL after the 2004 season, most observers expected that it would be Devin Hester, a flashier, big-play corner, who would take over Rolle’s spot.
Marcus Maxey had different ideas. While Hester showed a lack of focus at times, Maxey drove himself right into the starting job, running a sub-4.3 40-yard dash at one point, and using discipline and preparation to match his physical gifts to the team’s need for a standout at the position.
"People don't understand the work I've put into this," Maxey told the St. Petersburg Times on September of 2005. "I study and train hard. I've done everything I can to put myself in this position. And believe me, nothing has been handed to me."
Nothing has, to be sure. A standout at his Texas high school, Maxey nonetheless found himself as an afterthought on the depth chart in Miami’s talent-laden roster. Former secondary coach Mark Stoops put him at safety, away from his natural position, and others got the props he may have been able to earn himself.
He didn’t transfer, and he didn’t quit. Instead, he learned and grew. “If I gave up, I could never have gone home," Maxey reflected. "How are my folks going to look at me? I've got little brothers, little sisters, cousins that look up to me. If I give up on something, when they are faced with adversity, what are they going to do?"
When Tim Walton replaced Stoops before the 2004 season, he moved Maxey back to cornerback immediately. Maxey started in four games before being replaced by Hester. Maxey played the nickel role without complaint.
In 2005, he finished second on the team in interceptions, earning the respect of all around him. Miami coach Larry Coker said that Maxey was "probably not the most talented (of Miami’s defensive backs), but he's certainly one of the most consistent."
Now he’s ready for his shot at the Combine. Other teams have noticed his abilities - Maxey has spoken to Oakland, the New York Jets, Cleveland, Arizona, and Detroit as well as Seattle. He plans to do a full workout in Indianapolis, and says that he’d like to go in the first or second round.
Sound implausible? Perhaps. But the odds against those who have bet against Marcus Maxey, only to be proven wrong in the end, seem to favor the quiet, determined young man from Navasota, Texas.
Maxey may have put it best: "Go ahead and doubt me. I'm no fluke."
SEAHAWKS.NET SCOUTING REPORT
By Kyle Rota
Maxey is a big, fast cornerback. I'd compare him to a poor man's Jimmy Williams (big, fast, raw, pretty good hitter for a CB). Would love nothing more than to play press coverage, but some of that could be due to Miami's general scheme - their WRs are given the chance to press and run. Played safety for Miami as a reserve. Pretty good hands, but is pretty raw. When he gets his hands on a ball he's more likely than Koren Robinson to catch it (ok, bad example). But he will let himself get out-muscled (which is odd for a guy of his size) by big WRs and doesn't do a good job getting into position to make the interception, making him the opposite of Kelly Herndon.
His two main points: Great athletic ability, and a total lack of seasoning. Not a year one starter, that's for sure. Considered a second day pick pre-combine (which means expect him to be our 2nd round pick), could be a steal.
The Seahawks also spoke to DB Danieal Manning of Abilene Christian. Manning measured in at 5’10” and 202 pounds. He has also talked to the Colts, Chiefs, Bears, Jets, Cowboys, and Bills. Teams are primarily looking at him as a cornerback, safety and return specialist, although he has played numerous positions.