2015 NFL Draft Profile: OT Ali Marpet
You might be wondering who I am talking about. Who is Ali Marpet? Well, the reason I am talking about him at all, is that, according to Rich Cimini, the Jets were one of the few teams to go see him at his pro-day, and the Jets are very impressed. He played offensive tackle, at little Hobart College in Upstate, NY. So our spotlight is on Ali Marpet, a guy many feel is going to be the first Division III player drafted since 1990.
While in school, Marpet earned three straight All-Liberty League awards, and shared in the Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year award last season, marking the first time an offensive lineman earned the award. Add to that the fact that Marpet went his entire senior season without allowing a sack. I don’t care what division school you came from, that takes talent.
At the NFL Combine, Marpet measured 6’4″ tall, weighing in at 307 pounds. He opened eyes at the combine, running the Forty Yard Dash in 4.98 seconds, very fast for a lineman, and leading the position. Marpet showed more athleticism, leading the 3 Cone Drill with a 7.33 second performance, and the 20 Yard Shuttle in 4.47 seconds. Here are the strengths and weaknesses from his draft profile:
STRENGTHS: Good foot quickness with ability to reach and hook opponents. Quick out of stance and into defender. Usually the low man, using hips and arm extension to lock out and control his man. Has leg drive to drive his man backward and finish. Consistent with hand placement in run and pass. Plays with advanced technique for a Division III player. More than held his own at the Senior Bowl against both quickness and strength. Moved from tackle to guard with no issues during the week of practice. Outstanding NFL Scouting Combine with impressive showing on bench press (30 reps).
WEAKNESSES: Played against inferior athletic competition and wasn’t challenged enough. Gets caught leaning and lunging. Lets inferior athletes get to his edge. Average with redirect. Has short legs. Needs to add more thickness through entire body.
Admittedly, it was difficult to find film on Ali Marpet. There isn’t much out there, so the best I could find was highlights from his Pro Day. Let’s take a look:
I am not going to claim to have made a great evaluation here, with this limited footage. If anyone out there knows more about Hobart football and Ali Marpet, please feel free to reach out.
I will tell you what I see on the tape. I see athleticism and technique. Marpet’s footwork is solid, that much is clear, and that will serve him well in the NFL. He is clearly athletic. Marpet is quick, can move laterally with ease, and explodes into his opponent.
We just don’t know how Marpet will be able to perform against bigger competition when he hits the big time. But is Ali Marpet worth a look? Everything I can find so far says yes.
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