Marcell Ateman

Oklahoma St.
WR

Prospect Info

College
Oklahoma St.
Hometown
Class
Dallas, TX
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
216 lbs
32 7/8”
Hands
9 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.52
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Oakland
Raiders
Round 7 ‧ Pick 10
40 Yard Dash
4.62
Seconds
 
Bench Press
13
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.07
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.25
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.94
Seconds
 
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Ateman (pronounced EIGHT-man) was an up-and-comer for 2016, coming off a junior season where he was a full-time starter for the first time (12 starts in 13 games played), catching 45 passes for 766 yards and five scores. He missed the entire 2016 season, however, due to a preseason foot injury that required surgery. Ateman made up for lost time in 2017, starting 11 of 13 games played. Using his size and strong hands, he earned second-team All-Big 12 honors after catching 59 passes for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns. Ateman contributed in his first two seasons at OSU after being ranked a four-star recruit from Wylie East High School near Dallas. He caught 22 passes for 276 yards as a reserve in 2013 and then started seven of 12 games played in 2014, bringing in 20 passes for 268 yards. Ateman's father, Ronald, played basketball at Western Illinois. He has a son, Jayden.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Brandon Coleman
Overview
Long target with good size and functional speed. Ateman played in a vertical offense that took advantage of subpar secondaries in his conference and should fit into a West Coast offense as a pro. His frame and ball skills give him instant credibility as a jump ball threat in the red-zone while he continues to hone his skill set. Ateman should be an early backup with a chance to climb the ladder on the depth chart.
Strengths
  • Very good size
  • Puts in the extra work to come back better than ever after missing 2016 with foot injury
  • Has ability to run entire route tree
  • Sinks into breaks and comes out with decent separation
  • Ball skills come naturally
  • Plays with natural hands
  • Knows when to secure with his body in the middle of the field and when to pluck it with his hands
  • Plus body control with ability to twist and secure in mid-air
  • Long target with tons of tall touchdown catches
  • Catches with full arm extension at high point giving him clearance over cornerbacks
  • Searches for secondary opportunities by improving when initial route is shut down
  • Toe-dropper on sideline catches
Weaknesses
  • Needs to adjust routes rather than slamming into speed bumps
  • Not an upper-echelon athlete
  • Leggy and takes time getting off press
  • Doesn't always play to his size
  • Allows cornerbacks to crowd the top of his routes
  • Needs to learn to use his size to create space and keep defenders on his hip
  • Drifts on out-breaking routes allowing instinctive cornerbacks to challenge the throw
  • Route speed needs more variance
  • Limited to primarily deep outs and go routes
  • Leads with frame as a blocker allowing cornerbacks to punch and control in run support

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GRADE
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