Marcus Epps

Wyoming

Prospect Info

College
Wyoming
Hometown
Class
CA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
191 lbs
29 1/2”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

4.93
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Minnesota
Vikings
Round 6 ‧ Pick 19
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A Los Angeles native, Epps walked on at Wyoming before the 2014 season and redshirted that year. He became a starter as a freshman, racking up 83 tackles, two for loss, two interceptions, and four pass breakups in 11 games (10 starts). He led the Cowboys with six pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three interceptions in 2016, starting all 14 games (111 tackles, six for loss, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles). He and Andrew Wingard proved again to be a formidable safety duo in 2017; Epps had 68 stops, five for loss, four interceptions, and four pass breakups in 13 starts as a junior. He played well in his senior campaign as well, starting 12 games and making 63 stops, 6.5 for loss, one sack, and eight pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Former walk-on who has became an impact defender the moment he stepped on campus in Laramie. Epps saw an increase in snaps over the slot last season but lacks the smooth hips and short-area quickness to match routes on the next level. He was a plus tester at his pro day and it is hard to ignore the steady stream of production, but he lacks size for the box and the makeup burst as a high safety so his road to the 53-man roster will be daunting.
Strengths
  • Adequate ball production in each season
  • Picks up quarterback clues in coverage
  • Trusts his own eyes
  • Recognizes overlap opportunities in zone coverage
  • Change-of-direction testing was very strong
  • Rapid trigger to pounce on throws in front of him
  • Speed to drive off the hash and range over the top
  • Improved consistency as a tackler in 2018
Weaknesses
  • Undersized as an NFL safety
  • Extremely short arms limit ability to play the throw
  • Inconsistent footwork to match stems from high safety
  • Slow foot response to route breaks
  • Allowed too much pitch-and-catch in front of him from slot
  • Makeup burst is uninspiring
  • Will take the worst of it as a tackler on pro level
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