Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.
Panthers select...Marviel Underwood
S | (5'10", 205, 4.49) | SAN DIEGO STATE
Strengths: Possesses great speed, shows good burst to the ball while it's in the air and has the range to cover the deep half of the field. Shows good burst getting out of cuts and explodes when closing forward. Possesses adequate-not-great ball skills and is a dangerous open field runner. Times hits well, explodes into hits and punishes receivers when the opportunity presents itself. Reads plays quickly and is willing in run support. Plays with a mean streak and is physical at the point of attack. Possesses good instincts, doesn't make a lot of mistakes and flashes the ability to recover when does get caught out of position.
Weaknesses: Has good speed but only decent athleticism. Is a bit stiff in the hips. Lacks ideal bulk, he can get engulfed at the point of attack and teams shouldn't feel comfortable consistently lining him up in the box. Lacks ideal upper body strength, doesn't use hands all that well and takes too long to shed blocks. Doesn't always play under control in space and misses some open field tackles trying to deliver the big hit rather than wrapping up.
Overall: Underwood redshirted in 2000, he played in 11 games seeing most of his action on special teams in 2001 and he started 11 games in 2002. He started 12 games in 2003 finishing the season with 68 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one sack, one forced fumble and two interceptions. Underwood recorded 58 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, no sacks, one forced fumble and two interceptions in 2004. Underwood has the versatility, instincts and motor to develop into an excellent backup safety and special teams' contributor in the NFL. However, Underwood lacks ideal size and athletic ability, and he doesn't make as many big plays as he should. The bottom line is that we feel Underwood lacks the physical tools to ever develop into a starter in the NFL, which is why we think he's nothing more than a mid-to-late round draft prospect.
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Marviel Underwood, FS, San Diego State
Height: 5:10.2 Weight: 205
Overview: Underwood is one of the fastest defensive backs in the Mountain West Conference. He is a solid wrap-up tackler who is very effective covering ground in the open field. The three-year starter also does a fine job getting into the backfield on the blitz. Underwood was considered to be one of the Bay Area's top athletes coming out of San Leandro High School. He was a two-year starter at running back and quarterback and named to the ANG Newspapers' "Best of the Bay" team. Underwood was also named to the San Francisco Examiner's All-Bay Area first team. A 1998 and '99 All-Hayward Area Athletic League first-team selection as a running back, he added All-HAAL as a corner in '99. Underwood rushed for 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior and compiled 937 yards on the ground as a junior. He returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns and scored on three of four interceptions in his final campaign. Underwood redshirted in his first season on the San Diego State campus in 2000.He played in ten games, seeing action mostly on special teams in 2001, finishing with 13 tackles (10 solos) and as fumble recovery. Underwood took over free safety duties in 2002. He ranked second on the team with 83 tackles (46 solos), two stops for losses, a forced fumble, three interceptions and five pass break-ups. Underwood followed with 68 tackles (43 solos), a forced fumble, three stops behind the line of scrimmage, two pass thefts and four deflections as a junior. He ranked fourth on the team with 58 tackles (31 solos) in his final year. He also caused and recovered a fumble, batted away ten passes and intercepted two others in 2004. For his career, he earned 36 starting assignments in 46 games. Underwood recorded 222 tackles (130 solos) with a 2-yard sack and eight stops for losses of 19 yards. He recovered two fumbles, caused three others, gained 137 yards with a touchdown on seven interception returns and deflected twenty passes. He also returned three kickoffs for 32 yards.
Analysis: Positives...Has good size, athletic ability and quickness for his position...Thick-chested defender who has the range and catch-up speed to effectively mirror receivers' moves on deep routes...Physical in run support, staying low in his stance to stalk, wrap up and secure the ball carrier...Shows explosion through his hits...Determined man coverage defender who is quick to get up-field and has the ability to suddenly to turn and run on the ball...Very fluid flowing to the ball, breaking sharply out of his backpedal and has the recovery quickness and range with the ability to get from the hash...Hit-&-wrap tackler who stays low in his pads, but is best playing on the move.
Negatives...Needs time to digest the plays...Lacks ball awareness skills, often getting taken out of the play before he can diagnose the action...Has difficulties shadowing the receiver's moves, struggling to maintain contact in press coverage and will revert to taking bad angles when beaten...Looks sloppy dropping back to switch off in the zone, showing marginal awareness as he loses sight of the receivers...Allows too much cushion underneath to effectively recover and get to the ball...Seems to always be caught out of position when playing zone coverage...Needs to show more consistency in his wrap-tackling technique, as he tends to lunge and dive, causing him to miss tackles...Lack of instincts could reduce him to special team duties.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 4.38 in the 40-yard dash...4.29 20-yard shuttle...7.0 three-cone drill...39-inch vertical jump...10'0" broad jump...13/31 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 4.65 in the 40-yard dash...2.73 20-yard dash...1.65 10-yard dash...4.21 20-yard shuttle...11.26 60-yard shuttle...7.12 three-cone drill...38-inch vertical jump...9'10" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times...31 3/8-inch arm length...9 -inch hands...24 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended San Leandro (Oakland, Cal.) High School...Was a two-year starter at running back and quarterback...Named to the ANG Newspapers' "Best of the Bay" team...Was also named to the San Francisco Examiner's All-Bay Area first team...998 and '99 All-Hayward Area Athletic League first-team selection as a running back...Named All-HAAL as a corner in '99...Rushed for 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior...Compiled 937 yards on the ground as a junior...Returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior and also scored on three of four interceptions that year.
Personal: Criminal Justice major...Son of Winnetta and Marvin Underwood...Born 2/17/82 in Oakland, California.
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