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Sen'Derrick Marks (DT)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 306
College: Auburn
Conference: SEC
Hometown: Mobile, AL
High School: Vigor
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Selected by: Tennessee Titans
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 30 (62)
Pick Analysis: The Titans take a chance on Marks with the 62nd pick. The former Tiger is a talented "one-gap" penetrator who plays with an inconsistent motor. Though Marks makes a series of impressive splash plays, the Titans will need him to play at a high level consistently to fill the void in the middle of their defensive line.
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Many people were surprised when Marks made his announcement before New Year's that he was leaving the university, forgoing his senior year to enter the 2009 NFL Draft. What was expected to be a banner season for the junior and possible national championship aspirations for the team went up in smoke early in the 2008 campaign as Marks and Auburn struggled throughout the season.

Marks was injured early in the year, suffering an ankle injury vs. Vanderbilt in the sixth game, but also had problems with his feet, shoulder and hamstring. Poor conditioning also played a factor. When it was announced that Tommy Tubberville was stepping down as the Tigers' head coach, the decision to leave the team became easier for the youngster.

"I just feel good about it," Marks said. "Once a man makes a decision, and he feels solid about it, he's going to feel solid about it. So I don't think there's too much that'll change my mind on what I've decided."

Marks filed paperwork to the NFL advisory committee following the season, but didn't wait for it to return before making his decision. Instead, Marks made the most of his time with family. "It was tough," he said. "I knew I wasn't going to get much (advice) in what way to go. They were going to say it was my decision, and whatever I choose, they're going to support it. "I just prayed about it, and for some reason, I just feel good about this decision. I think it's the best way to go."

Before the season ended, Marks said he would trust coaches to guide him in his decision. However, Marks said he didn't receive such guidance. "When I was talking to all the coaches, it seemed like they didn't want to say one thing or another because it would seem like they were saying it because they're not going to be there or saying it just on behalf of the university," Marks said. "Neither one of them gave me (advice) on whether to leave or stay.

"I just talked with (Tuberville), and he gave me all the advice he can. I said, 'Coach, do you think I should go or leave?' He said he really didn't want to tell me. Either way, he just told me to make the right decision and think it over a lot and do what's best for you and your family, so that's what I did."

At Vigor High School, Marks helped his team reach the first round of the playoffs, as he recorded 81 tackles and 17 sacks as a senior. The three-year starter posted 87 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior, leading the squad to the Class 6A state quarterfinals. He also lettered three times in basketball, averaging 15 points per game. He was not a highly recruited prospect during his prep playing days. Tuberville noticed him why recruiting another player at his school. Once he saw Marks dunk a basketball, he offered him a scholarship on the spot.

Marks enrolled at Auburn and played in the team's first three games of the 2005 season. He recorded one solo tackle before the coaching staff decided to redshirt him. He returned to claim the right defensive tackle position in 2006, earning freshman All-American third-team honors. He collected 38 tackles (26 solos) that included 3.5 sacks and 11 stops for losses, as he also recovered three fumbles.

As a sophomore, Marks was named All-Southeastern Conference second-team. He posted a career-high 43 tackles (20 solos) with a pair of sacks and nine stops behind the line of scrimmage. He started all 13 games at right defensive end, playing the entire season with a hernia that required surgery after the season.

Marks played in 11 games in 2008, moving back to his more natural right tackle position. He missed half of the Vanderbilt clash and sat out the Tennessee-Martin game because of an ankle sprain. He would finish with 32 tackles (15 solos), 10 stops for losses and a pair of sacks, earning All-SEC second-team honors from the league's coaches.

High School

Attended Vigor (Mobile, Ala.) High School, playing football for head coach Kerry Stevenson...Helped his team reach the first round of the playoffs, as he recorded 81 tackles and 17 sacks as a senior...The three-year starter posted 87 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior, leading the squad to the Class 6A state quarterfinals...Also lettered three times in basketball, averaging 15 points a game.

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Positives: Short, squatty build with room for additional mass in his upper body and a thick lower body. Good leg drive to anchor and use of leverage to hold up against the run. Flashes good initial quickness off the snap to put the blocker in a defensive position. Quick, strong hands to disengage from defenders. Good arm extension to keep blockers' hands off his frame. Good lateral quickness and balance to provide an interior pass rush. Good short-area quickness to close on the ballcarrier. Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter. Willing in pursuit laterally and downfield.

Negatives: Not yet the sum of his parts as a player. Lacks the bulk and strength to handle anchoring against the double-team. Plays so low that he loses track of the ball. Seems to tire easily, despite being used as part of a rotation at Auburn. Struggled with ankle injuries as a junior. Elected to come out early despite a disappointing junior season and could be motivated by big NFL paychecks.

Compares To: CLAUDE WROTEN, ex-St. Louis -- Marks is one of the draft's biggest enigmas. When his motor is running, he is a good force to be reckoned with, but there have been too many times that he shows up for games with just a gallon of gasoline in his tank. He lacks great size or strength and the only thing consistent about him is his inconsistency. Durability is another issue, but it all goes back to the weight room. Based on his strength numbers, or lack of, this is a boom or bust player with minimal upside.

Injury Report

2007: Played most of the season with a hernia that required surgery after the season.

2008: Missed the second half of the Vanderbilt game (10/04) with an ankle sprain...Sat out the Tennessee-Martin contest (11/08) as a precaution (lingering ankle pain).

2009: Could not complete agility tests at the NFL Combine because of a hamstring strain.

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