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Marcus Mailei (FB)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 248
College: Weber St.
Conference: Big Sky
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
High School: Highland
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The two-time first-team All-Big Sky fullback earned the attention of scouts by blowing up defenders as a blocker and making 58 catches over the past three seasons. His weight room accomplishments transfer to the field, as he is one of the stronger blockers in this year's class. Mailei was an outstanding running back at the same high school that produced NFL standouts defensive lineman Haloti Ngata (Ravens) and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley (Eagles), but his lack of speed pushed him to fullback. Had an arm span of 30 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 1/8 inches at the combine.

High School

Played for Coach Ray Groth, helping the Rams to an 11-2 mark in 2004 and into the state semifinal game where they lost to eventual champion, Timpview. ... Rushed for 1,206 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2004, averaging 8.16 yards per carry. ... Named First Team All-State Class 4A by the Deseret Morning News and Salt Lake Tribune. ... Played on the varsity team for four years and was a starter for three. ..."Has a great work ethic. No one will out-work him in the weightroom." according to Groth.

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Positives: A thumper inside who often puts his target to the ground. Stout build throughout his body. Explodes out of a very low stance, and can get to full power even though he lines up a yard closer to the line than most fullbacks. Also goes in motion before the snap to get outside faster. Stays low, and brings his hips and keeps his legs moving when making contact in the hole. Always finds someone to hit. Sustains blocks through the whistle, if needed. Has a good punch and extends his arms to hold off ends in pass protection or linebackers if blocking past the line of scrimmage. Soft hands in the flat and has some open-field agility. Could handle short-yardage running responsibilities.

Negatives: Shorter than scouts prefer for the position. Lacks great speed and is not a fluid runner. Loses balance because he lunges while blocking in space. Does not have the suddenness or hip flexibility to adjust to fast NFL linebackers and safeties. May struggle to make yards after the catch against quicker defenders because of a lack of elusiveness.

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