Photo of Byron Marshall

Combine Results

Grade
5.22 ?
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'9" Height
  • 30 1/4" Arm Length
  • 201LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

One of the main cogs in the Oregon attack, Marshall accumulated 1,000 rushing yards in 2013 and 1,000 receiving yards in 2014 (earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 notice). However, he missed all but the first four games of 2015 with a leg injury, accumulating 121 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches. Former teammate De'Anthony Thomas was more explosive, but lasted until the fourth round of the 2014 draft due to his size; Marshall's thicker build might allow him to translate to the NFL more easily.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds
3-cone: 7.0 seconds
Short shuttle: 4.23 seconds
Vertical: 29 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches

Analysis

Strengths

Gives teams a "manufactured touch" option. Played running back and receiver with Oregon getting him the ball from every spot on the field. Shows good initial burst off line of scrimmage to get a leg ­up against press coverage. Instant acceleration and early top end speed create vertical separation potential. Uses plus body control and mid­-air adjustments to win at the circus. Well-­built with ability to handle extended hand­off throws. Downhill kick returner who can challenge for a job.

Weaknesses

Suffered serious ankle injury that ended his season in late September. Caught between third down back and slot receiver. Substantially behind in his route knowledge and experience. All separation created by athleticism over route savvy. Below-average sink into open spots of the zone. Settles in too close to zone defenders. Slow to find and track the deep throws. Hands inconsistent and unreliable.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

Bottom Line

Marshall is relatively short, but muscular and has been productive as a running back, receiver and kick returner. While he's clearly been a jack of all trades type, he is simply not a master of any. Marshall's biggest assets are roster flexibility and general athleticism, but his ankle injury will have to check out in combine medicals for Marshall to have a shot at being drafted.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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