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Marshall is a gifted prospect but he comes with a bit of a reputation for coasting by on his natural tools, perhaps influenced by the fact that he recorded zero interceptions the past two seasons despite breaking up 19 passes during that span.
Marshall had previously impressed with his ball-skills, collecting six interceptions (among 17 breakups) over his first two seasons as a starter for the Trojans. He was voted second-team All-Pac-12 after breaking up nine passes and recording 48 tackles in 2018.
The team that feels it can light a fire under Marshall could be handsomely rewarded, with the prototypically-built defender projecting as at least a rotational defender and perhaps much more.
Looks the part of a modern-day NFL cornerback with above-average height, a well-developed build and long arms. Matches up well with bigger receivers, appearing to enjoy the one-on-one showdowns. Uses his large frame to body-up receivers, pinning them to the sideline on vertical routes to leave little room for quarterbacks to operate.
A bit high in his backpedal but possesses quick feet and springs in his knees to make sharp diagonal cuts. Loses a step in his transition but knows it and reacts accordingly, showing good anticipatory skills to open his hips early and turn to run vertically.
Tracks the ball well, reading the eyes of the receiver and turning to locate the ball. Good hand-eye coordination to slap the ball away at the last moment.
Aggressive in run support. Takes sharp angles to the ball and plays to his size, dropping his shoulder to leave a mark. Sparks collisions that generally knock ballcarriers down but generally wraps his arms. Durable player who saw action in 48 games for the Trojans and yet opted to compete at the Senior Bowl.
Projection: Fifth Round
--Field Level Media