Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
49ers select...Rasheed Marshall
WR | (5'11", 185, 4.53) | WEST VIRGINIA
Strengths: Is a very good athlete. Has decent size at WR and enough size to handle the return game. Is strong for his size. Very tough and durable. Has a great feel for the passing game as a former college QB. Has shown decent hands in drills. Is quicker than fast and has above average speed. Has very good lateral movement skills and above average leaping ability. Is elusive in space and will make defenders miss. Shows a second gear when in the open field.
Weaknesses: A college QB looking to make the transition to WR/RS in the NFL. Has limited experience both as a WR and RS. Will need a lot of work in terms of his hands and fielding punts. Is extremely raw as a route runner. Has a lot to learn regarding release moves, shifting his weight in and out of breaks, finding soft spots in zone, making himself available as a "hot read", etc. Has just decent size at WR. Has good speed but not elite speed. Mental capacity a concern; scored a 13 on Wonderlic Test.
Overall: Marshall played one season at Valley Forge Military Academy before enrolling at West Virginia in 2000 and redshirting that season. Marshall saw limited time as a backup to QB Brad Lewis in 2001. He suffered a broken right wrist in the season opener and missed six games that season. He started all 13 games at quarterback in 2003, completing 53.7-percent of his attempts for 1,616 yards with nine TD's and five INT's. He also rushed for 666 yards. As a senior in 2004, Marshall started all 11 games completing 60.7-percent of his attempts for 1,755 yards with 18 TD's and eight INT's, while also rushing for 760 yards. Marshall is a "poor-man's" Antwaan Randle El (Steelers). A college quarterback trying to make the switch to wide receiver/return specialist in the NFL. Marshall doesn't have quite the explosiveness that Randle El possesses but Marshall is a very good athlete in his own right. Marshall is a weapon with the ball in his hands. He has the potential to develop into a punt return specialist and a slot receiver that can provide production after the catch. However, Marshall is obviously extremely raw, has much less experience at WR and RS than Randle El had coming out of college, and his lack of explosive top-end speed limits his upside a little bit. Overall, Marshall is a good enough athlete to take a chance on in the last two rounds of the upcoming draft but anything earlier would be reaching.
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