Photo of MARQUIS HAYNES
Grade
5.65 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 225LBS. Weight

Overview

In April 2017, Haynes was named Ole Miss' Chucky Mullins Award winner as a defender that embodies the late defensive back's spirit and courage. Mullins was paralyzed while making a tackle in a 1989 game, and passed way two years later at the age of 21. Haynes wore Mullins' number 38 jersey this season, finishing as a second-team All-SEC selection with 45 tackles, 11 for loss, 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. Many thought he would be in the NFL after the 2016 season when he led the Rebels with 11 tackles for loss among 53 total stops, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, three passes defended, and eight quarterback pressures. The tall, lean edge rusher with natural bend and hustle was a second-team All-SEC honoree as a sophomore, racking up 43 tackles, 16.5 for loss, 10 sacks, and three forced fumbles. Among Haynes' better performances that season was his four tackles, 2.5 for loss, and half-sack in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma State. The Jacksonville native was a Freshman All-American and SEC All-Freshman pick after starting four of 13 games played, posting 31 tackles, nine for loss, 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. Haynes actually signed with North Carolina after high school but went the prep school route (Fork Union Military Academy) before going to Oxford.

Analysis

Strengths

Explodes out of the starting blocks with his get-off as rusher. Pure speed can bend and buzz the edge to attack the quarterback. Not overly bendy, but uses his forward lean to play under the tackle's hands. Plays with dogged pursuit of the quarterback and secondary effort leads to sacks. Edge burst should open more inside opportunities against over-setting tackles. Rangy with tremendous speed to pursue runners to perimeter. Small but understands how and when to shift his weight to maximize his contact balance. Decent body control at point of attack. Can land first jab into blocker's frame with his length.

Weaknesses

Slender build with thin legs. Has body type of a big safety. Could be liability against the run on next level. Not a reliable edge-setter. Lacks upper body power to punch and post up on tight ends and tackles. Gets caught laying on blocks. Doesn't have base to hold up to drive blockers. Plays upright at times. Has linear speed but change of direction quickness is just okay for his size. Unable to convert speed to power as rusher. Leggy and can't fight through redirect blocks. Hasn't learned to use hands as weapon in his pass rush.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Bottom Line

Slender, productive pass rush specialist who features an outstanding upfield burst, but an alarming lack of anchor. While Haynes could get a trial as an early down 3-4 rush linebacker due to his pass rush potential, he isn't built to handle the physical nature of NFL run games. Haynes is a likely fit for teams looking for a designated pass rusher for sub-packages, but he'll need to become more toolsy and unpredictable as an NFL rusher if he wants to duplicate the success he had in college.
-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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