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Scouting The 2017 NFL Draft: Marlon Mack, RB, USF

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Today we dive into an elusive running back with great speed. Is he a fit for us?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Introduction

Hometown: Sarasota, Florida

High School: Booker High School

Recruitment: 3 Stars

Awards

2014 American Conference Rookie Of The Year

2016 Doak Walker Award Candidate

2016 Maxwell Player Of The Year Candidate

Measurables

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 210

Class: Junior

Projected 40 Time: 4.50

Stats

Year Rush Yards Rush AVG Rush TDs Receiving Yards Receiving TDs
2014 1041 5.15 9 160 0
2015 1381 6.58 8 111 1
2016 1187 6.82 15 227 0


Positives

  • Has great foot quickness
  • Glides across the field with his cuts
  • Elusive and makes tacklers miss
  • Shows great patience
  • Has the vision to kick it outside when needed
  • A willing blocker
  • Has a getaway gear
  • Great hip movement

Negatives

  • Receiving isn’t his strength
  • Might be limited to 2 down duty
  • Needs to work on his pass protection technique
  • Needs to work on ball security
  • Will need to show more commitment to running up the middle
  • Doesn’t run through tacklers

Conclusion

Mack is a very quick running back, that can be elusive at the next level. Marlon has decent size and the ability to take it to the house. Mack isn’t a bell-cow though. He will need to be paired with a thumper. Depending on what kind of offense we go with next year will determine what kind of running back we go after. Bilal Powell is a nice little utility knife that can do it all. If we go with a West coast offense, Mack probably won’t be a good fit. I wouldn’t count on him as a reliable 3rd down back, especially when that is probably Powell’s specialty. If we run a traditional offense, we will need a tougher back to smash it up the middle. Mack probably isn’t a good fit for that either. Mack does have the tools necessary to make a big impact on the team that drafts him, but it needs to be the right fit for him.

Draft Round Prediction: Round 3