AnalysisMarpet was perhaps the media darling of the NFL Combine with his performance at Lucas Oil Stadium. Then again, fans love to root for the underdog. That’s Marpet, a small school standout from little known Hobart and William Smith College. He was a unanimous D-3 All-American as a tackle. This past season he graded out at 92.62%, recorded 109 knockdown blocks, and 20 touchdown resulting blocks. Marpet projects inside as a guard or center in the NFL. He’s quick, athletic and can really run (4.98 forty) at 6-foot-3, 307-pounds. Against some of the best players in college football Marpet performed very well at the Senior Bowl in January.
Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation
Instant Analysis from Scout's Jamie Newberg:
The Bucs make a second offensive line selection in the second round. This time it’s D3 standout Ali Marpet. He was perhaps the media darling of the NFL Combine with his performance at Lucas Oil Stadium. Then again, fans love to root for the underdog. That’s Marpet, a small school standout from little known Hobart and William Smith College. He was a unanimous D-3 All-American as a tackle. This past season he graded out at 92.62%, recorded 109 knockdown blocks, and 20 touchdown resulting blocks. Marpet projects inside as a guard or center in the NFL. He’s quick, athletic and can really run (4.98 forty) at 6-foot-3, 307-pounds. Against some of the best players in college football Marpet performed very well at the Senior Bowl in January.
Report from NFL Scouting Services' Dave-Te' Thomas:
Ali Marpet is a wide-body type who shows surprising quickness for an athlete with his size. He has the strength, speed, quickness, body control and change of direction agility to mirror defenders in pass protection and has an explosive burst off the snap. He shows very good sustained speed to get into the second level and has exceptional acceleration for a lineman. Despite his frame, he is very athletic, showing good muscle tone and a thick upper body.
Marpet plays with excellent field instincts. His performance at the Senior Bowl shows the mental awareness to pick up things quickly and it is easy for him to learn and retain. He can play either guard or tackle and has that rare combination of speed and strength, knowing how to use those assets to their fullest. He shows good awareness adjusting to the blitz and has developed into a very “technique oriented” type of blocker, evident by his stellar blocking consistency grades as a junior and senior (only Division III player to record blocking grades of 90% or better).
Marpet plays with that sudden explosion off the snap that instantly lets him gain advantage on a defender. He maintains his quickness on both run and pass plays and is quite nimble redirecting down the line. He keeps his pads down and feet in front of him, demonstrating excellent balance running into the second level. He is quick to turn up field and neutralize the linebackers on the move and possesses one of the best timed speed performances of any offensive lineman in college football.
By positioning himself suddenly, few edge rushers have had any success in their backside pursuit vs. Marpet, as he has not allowed a sack since early in his sophomore season. When making reach blocks, he locks on and sustains consistently. He is patient and technique driven, as it is rare to see him over-extend. His patience is evident by the way he sustains blocks and uses his nimble feet to cut off the defenders trying to generate backside pursuit.
Because of his size, Marpet might get a bit erect in his stance at times, but he will generally keep his pads down and feet wide to anchor and control vs. the bull rush. He has the balance to slide out and mirror the edge rushers and consistently maintains position when working in-line. He flashes very good body control moving into the second level and when dropping back to seal the edge in pass protection. He shows quick feet and valid flexibility to adjust and stick.
Marpet is a physical in-line blocker, possessing a wide base as he runs his feet well. He is very good at sustaining and demonstrates a nice feel for blocking angles. His sustained speed makes him a very consistent second level blocker and he also excels when asked to wall off and screen. He brings power to his game when driving for movement and will generally finish, possessing the loose hips to adjust on the move. He is a good mauler who gets a terrific push with his hands inside his frame.
The Statesman excels at initiating contact and uses his leg drive well to drive the defender off the ball. He has that exceptional quickness and sustained speed to consistently get out in front on traps and pulls. He has very good balance to recover and uses his hands well to lock on and control. He has the athleticism to stay up and play the game on his feet and shows steady ability to come off the snap smoothly to pull. He has that rare open field acceleration that you don’t see in too many down lineman.
Marpet demonstrates more than enough foot quickness to slide and mirror the edge rushers, along with functional lower body strength in attempts to anchor vs. stunts and blitzes. He has impressive knee bend and hip flexibility, showing the patience and strong hand punch to let the defender come to him before driving off the snap to control his man. Even when he gets pushed back, he shows the body control and spin moves to counter and quickly get back into the play.
Marpet has the foot slide and balance to easily change direction. He is conscious of his surroundings and takes good angles in attempts to neutralize the linebackers. He adjusts well to sudden movement and shows the ability to make the cut off when blocking along the perimeter. He is strong enough to stay up in his stance, maintaining proper pad level to keep his feet and adjust on the move. With his awareness, he will generally find his targets and is alert enough to adjust to the fast pace in the open.
Ali Marpet NFL Scouting Combine measurable
6-4/307 (4.95 forty)
33 3/8-inch arm length
30.5-inch vertical jump
108-inch broad jump
7.33 3 cone drill
4.47 20 yard shuttle
11.65 60 yard shuttle
Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.
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