Marvell Tell

USC
S

Prospect Info

College
USC
Hometown
Class
CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
198 lbs
33 1/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.56
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Indianapolis
Colts
Round 5 ‧ Pick 6
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40 Yard Dash
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Bench Press
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Vertical Jump
42.0
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Broad Jump
136.0
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3 Cone Drill
6.63
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20 Yd Shuttle
4.01
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Tell was named first-team All-Pac-12 as a junior, starting all 14 games at free safety for the Trojans (85 tackles, 2.5 for loss, three interceptions, one returned for a score, two pass breakups). He started all 13 games as a sophomore, posting 43 stops, two for loss, one interception, and two pass breakups. League coaches voted him honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2018 as he made 57 tackles, intercepted one pass, and broke up five others in 10 starts. An L.A. Daily News All-Area pick at Pasadena's Crespi High School, Tell was a two-game starter at strong safety as a true freshman (36 tackles, four pass break-ups) in 10 games despite missing four contests with a broken collarbone.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
Athletic safety prospect with fluid movement skills and cover talent, but a thin frame that is likely to be a concern for teams who are unwilling to relax physical standards for the position. Tell has enough speed to play with range, and the twitch to close out and challenge throws in his area. His lack of physicality and consistency as a tackler could be a long-term concern and the same could be said about his hustle, which must improve. His coverage traits are appealing, but his floor might be lower than teams would like.
Strengths
  • Tall, long and athletic
  • Glides around the field with desired fluidity
  • Versatile with ability to line up over the slot
  • Able to pedal, open and sprint to top speed quickly
  • Recognizes pattern development and route breaks
  • Quick feet with loose hips for quality coverage transitions
  • Adequate at maintaining feel through the route in man coverage
  • Good twitch for burst to close on slants and crossing routes
  • Physical traits could allow for increased ball production as a pro
  • Takes good angles into his run fits
  • Natural feel as blitzer with good timing and ability to slip blocks
Weaknesses
  • Built like a tall cornerback with thin legs and arms
  • NFL tackling duties are a concern
  • Always the nail and never the hammer as tackler
  • Struggles to stop big bodies from dragging him for more yards
  • Plays with a lack of discipline from high safety
  • Foggy field awareness when balancing between multiple routes
  • Loses "deeper than the deepest" responsibilities
  • Reads routes, but needs to improve at reading quarterbacks
  • Disappointing hustle to rush to the football
  • Urgency away from the ball must improve

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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