Photo of Jalin Marshall

Combine Results

Grade
5.25 ?
  • 4.60 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 125.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.80 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.13 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'10" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 200LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

As a five-star recruit set to play in his home state, Marshall faced high expectations from Buckeyes fans. His transition from spectacular dual-threat quarterback to wide receiver was not immediate, however, as he redshirted the 2013 season due to injuries (including a concussion). He then tore a meniscus in spring practice, slowing his development a bit more. The payoff came in the team's national championship season of 2014, as he played in all 15 games as a reserve and was the team's second-leading receiver with 38 catches for 499 yards and six scores. Those freshman-year numbers, which were second only to Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter in OSU's storied history, gained him Freshman All-American accolades. Marshall was also second on the team in receiving in 2015 and receiving honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a receiver (36-477, five TD) and punt returner (28-379), before deciding to head to the next level.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.68 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Athletic with smooth hips and plus body control. Has feet to bound around initial tackler in space and can create after the catch. Good size for the slot, but gained experience on outside this season. Former dual-­threat high school quarterback who offers versatility on jet sweeps and packaged plays. Should continue to improve at the position with experience and coaching. Subtle and shifty in space. Able to run under the deep balls and is an excellent ball tracker. Excellent punt returner with 34.6 percent of his punts going for 15-plus yards.

Weaknesses

Benefited from scheme. Stacks and bunch sets allowed for easier release. Must prove he can win against press man coverage. Routes are raw and rounded. Needs to do better job of working to softest spots against zone coverage. Smooth, but lacking instant burst component with all in his hands. Doesn't show the ball skills necessary to 50/50 balls or consistently finish contested throws. Hand strength is average. Struggles securing poorly thrown balls.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Sources Tell Us

"He's a running back playing in the slot. That's how I see it. I think he's just a guy. He might make a living as a punt returner, but he better get better at fielding short punts or he'll find the bench and then the waiver wire." -- Big Ten area scout

NFL Comparison

Keshawn Martin

Bottom Line

Marshall is still learning as a receiver and should continue to improve with time, but is behind in quality of his routes and understanding the nuances of the position. He was recruited to Ohio State because he fit the Ohio State "H-­back" role, but will have to prove he can win on his own against more focused man coverage. While he learns the position, Marshall's punt return talent could get him on the field early.
-Lance Zierlein
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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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