Photo of Cassius Marsh
Drafted By: Seahawks
  • Round 4
  • Pick 8
  • Overall 108

Combine Results

Grade
5.29 ?
  • 4.89 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 108.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.25 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Pete Carroll has never been afraid of an off-field challenge. He is gifted. I think he's an outside linebacker-defensive end 'tweener. But there are some questions about him off the field." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 252LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

His father, Curtis Sr., was a receiver who played 15 games with the Jaguars and Steelers (1995-97). His brother, Curtis, is a cornerback with the Eagles. Raised by single mother and prepped at Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. Originally committed to LSU but switched to UCLA to remain close to home. As a true freshman in 2010, played 12 games, starting four at defensive tackle, and recorded 23 tackles, one-half tackles for loss and no sacks with a batted pass. Started 8 of 12 games in 2011, tallying 22 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. Was suspended against California and Arizona State for his role in an on-field brawl against Arizona. Was deployed as a 3-4 five-technique his final two seasons. Started all 14 games in 2012 and totaled 50 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks with two batted passes, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. Also caught a touchdown pass as a tight end. Was benched against Stanford after he was ejected from the Cal contest (after being called for offside penalties on consecutive plays, he threw a punch mid-play in response to a Cal blocker extending a high, two-handed punch to Marsh’s head off the snap). Pulled out of the East-West Shrine Game after hurting his wrist in practice. Was nearly 300 pounds as a freshman, but played around 260 as an upperclassman.

Analysis

Strengths

Outstanding effort and field energy. Good pursuit production -- flattens and chases. Plays past the whistle and keeps working to come free. Sacrifices his body around piles. Flushes production to teammates. Flashes strength and power on the edge. Uses his hands well to control and shed blockers. Emotional leader who plays with intensity. Tough and durable. Has NFL pedigree (father and brother). Versatile and can line up inside and outside. Has contributed as a tight end.

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal foot speed to outquick left tackles. Could stand to improve weight-room strength and functional core strength. Is tightly wound and will rise out of his stance and play tall. Can be overly emotional, lose focus and play undisciplined (too many errors). Will require a strong positional coach.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

Very active, high-motor, steady, consistent producer. Lacks ideal bulk for the inside and speed to work the edges, but can set the edge and bring value to an odd front in a LOLB role or as a Sam linebacker. Is most natural moving forward piercing gaps. Will need to be managed, needs to cut down on errors and must learn to play within the structure of the defense.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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