Photo of Keith Marshall
Drafted By: Redskins

Combine Results

Grade
5.26 ?
  • 4.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

He ran the fastest 40 at the 2016 Combine (4.31) and flashed big play ability at Georgia. He's coming off an injury, however, and his run average run instincts limit his role. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 219LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

It was hoped Marshall would be the next great back to play between the hedges. He was the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school senior, rushing for nearly 1,900 yards, and recruiters appreciated that he was the state Class AAAA 100-meter dash champion. Marshall made a great first impression, taking 117 carries as a true freshman for 759 yards and eight scores (he also had 11-91, one TD receiving). Five games into his sophomore season, however, he suffered a torn right ACL against Tennessee and missed the rest of the year (56-246, one TD rushing; 8-111, one TD receiving). He attempted to come back for 2014, but could only play three games (12-24 rushing) because his knee did not heal properly. Ironically, an injury to his teammate, Nick Chubb, made it possible for Marshall to get 68 carries (for 350 yards and three scores) in his final year with the Bulldogs. Instead of petitioning the NCAA for another year of eligibility due to two lost seasons, Marshall decided to move on and try to make his way in the NFL.


Pro Day Results


Short shuttle: 4.25 seconds
3-cone drill: 6.98 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Combines size and raw speed. Before knee injuries possessed blazing, third-level speed. Had 12 percent of his runs in 2012 go for 15-plus yards. Has the burst gear and bend to squeeze through constricted run lanes. Tight, efficient footwork for quick lateral cuts before getting run back on track downhill. Makes early tackle attempts miss. Intelligent player who can learn quickly. Limited production in passing game, but able pass catcher.

Weaknesses

Doesn't look as fast as before his 2013 ACL tear. Appears to lack confidence as a runner. Hesitant runner through creases like back expecting to be tackled rather than running to daylight. Weight gets too far out over toes causing lack of balance. Misses out on huge runs with inability to shake safety in open field. Missing feel for the rushing track and patience to let blocks develop in outside zone game.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

Bottom Line

Marshall was a highly recruited running back who flashed massive potential as a freshman but never made his way back up the Georgia ladder due to injuries and incredible depth at the position over the last few years. Marshall could become a lottery ticket for a zone scheme team willing to take a chance that his speed and confidence return with a fresh start in a new location. His ceiling is much higher than many of the Day 3 running backs who could be drafted ahead of him.
-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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