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Marlon Lucky (RB)
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 216
College: Nebraska
Conference: Big Ten
Hometown: North Hollywood, CA
High School: North Hollywood
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Overview

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini spread the ball among his talented running back group in 2008, which basically cut Lucky's production in half as a senior. He went from 1,019 yards rushing, 75 catches for 705 yards as a receiver and 12 total touchdowns in 2007 in Bill Callahan's West Coast offense to 517 rushing yards, 26 catches for 287 yards and eight total scores under Pelini's spread hybrid offense in 2008. Scouts don't just look at stats, however; Lucky's versatility as a runner and receiver will make him a late-round pick or priority free agent. Had an arm span of 30 1/4 inches and a hand span of 10 inches at the combine.


High School

Was one of the nation's most sought-after prep prospects in 2005. A Parade All-American, Lucky racked up huge rushing numbers at North Hollywood High for coach Brad Ratcliffe. As a senior, Lucky rushed for 2,036 yards and 40 touchdowns on 222 carries, capping a prep career in which he rushed for 4,881 yards and 81 touchdowns in three seasons. Lucky also caught 23 passes for 443 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. His performance as a senior earned him selection as the most valuable player in his league and first-team CalHi Sports all-state honors. As a junior, Lucky had 1,778 yards and 28 touchdowns, while also catching a pair of touchdown passes. He was an all-league, all-city and all-area selection as a junior, and also received first-team underclassmen all-state honors. A second-team All-America selection by USA Today, Lucky played in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, and ran for a touchdown in the second half of the game. Rivals.com ranked Lucky as the No. 2 back in the country and the second-best player in California. Lucky was a standout at the Nike Training Camp in San Diego the summer before his senior season, ranking in the top 10 at the camp in the 40-yard dash, shuttle run, bench press and vertical leap. Lucky was also a four-year letterwinner in track and field, while he played basketball during his junior year. He only visited Nebraska, but also received scholarship offers from USC and Washington, among others.


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Analysis

Strengths: At least adequate initial quickness off the snap. Can pick and slide down the line before hitting the hole. Patient runner who is willing to allow his blocks to develop. Deceptive agility and straight-line speed. At his best in space as a runner. Cognizant receiver out of the backfield. Shows the body control to handle the tough swing pass and has the ability to track the ball over his shoulder.


Weaknesses: Lacks the elite burst to and through the hole. Upright runner who takes unnecessary punishment. A natural receiver, but struggles to generate separation as a route-runner due to a lack of explosive speed and burst out of his breaks. Willing pass blocker, but marginal toughness or technique in doing so. Has developed into a hard worker. Missed time in 2008 with a turf toe injury.


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