Marquise Blair

Utah
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Prospect Info

College
Utah
Hometown
Class
Wooster, OH
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
195 lbs
30 3/4”
Hands
8 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.71
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Seattle
Seahawks
Round 2 ‧ Pick 15
40 Yard Dash
4.48u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
125.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

Playlist

Blair was a big catch for the Utes out of Dodge City Community College after the 2016 season, as he was first-team junior college All-American selection (100 tackles, three sacks, four INT). He was an all-conference pick for Dodge City as a freshman, as well. The former first-team All-State pick in Ohio eventually worked his way into the starting lineup with the Utes in 2017, starting 6 of 9 games (48 tackles, three for loss, two pass breakups) before suffering a season-ending injury against UCLA. He started all 14 games in 2018, garnering second-team All-Pac-12 honors with 59 stops, two for loss, two interceptions, two pass breakups, and a forced fumble.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Madieu Williams
Overview
Athletic, full-throttle prospect with the mindset of a linebacker in a free safety body. Blair plays the game with an aggressive field demeanor that fuels his passion to race into the action, ready to strike on sight. However, his lack of discipline hurt his team with targeting penalties and by over-running responsibilities against the run and pass. Because of his slender frame, some teams are concerned that durability could become an issue considering how he throws his body around. With that said, he's long and rangy in coverage, and embodies the mindset that defensive coordinators want from their units.
Strengths
  • Played two-high, single-high and box safety roles
  • As aggressive and competitive as they come
  • Views every rep as a direct, personal affront by his opponents
  • Races hard downhill into the action in run support
  • Factors in near line of scrimmage despite playing single-high
  • Punches and plays off blocks
  • Willing to break down in space and widen out as tackler
  • Pursuit speed to rack up tackles and run the alley
  • Lack of ball production primarily due to scheme
  • Improved understanding in coverage this year
  • Twitch for early acceleration to top speed
  • Long-strider with range to get over the top
Weaknesses
  • Slender frame with thin hips and legs
  • Carried fewer than 190 pounds during the year, according to scouts
  • Edgy play becomes undisciplined play
  • Ejected three times over last two years for targeting
  • Too eager to engage climbing blockers rather than focusing on ball-carrier
  • Could face durability issues due to aggressive nature
  • Excitable pursuit is devoid of proper leverage to sideline
  • Inconsistent angles to the ball
  • Runs himself out of coverage position when responding to route combos

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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