RB MARION GRICE, ARIZONA ST.

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6’0” – 207 lbs. – 4.50e

OVERVIEW:

Spent two seasons at Blinn Community College before transferring to Arizona State, where he immediately assumed a substantial role in 2012, contributing as both a runner and receiver.

STRENGTHS:

•    Possesses above-average size and adequate bulk for the position.
•    Impressive receiver, can catch routes to all levels of the field.
•    Typically capable of withstanding contact and falling forwards.
•    Difficult to bring down with arm tackles, requires a clean hit.
•    Makes nice, smooth cuts, allowing him to find open room to run.
•    Uses the spin move to shake tacklers with impressive effectiveness.
•    Has relatively little tread on his tires compared to other top backs.
•    Does a nice job of keeping the ball high and tight when rushing.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Could stand to add some more bulk to his frame, looks a bit thin.
•    Needs to do a better job of protecting his body, runs upright.
•    Takes more hits than usual due to his physical running style.
•    Something of a boom-or-bust runner, not incredibly consistent.
•    Vision can be a problem at times, occasionally runs into clogged lanes.
•    Not typically retained in pass protection with too much frequency.
•    Statistics are somewhat inflated by playing against weaker programs.
•    Efficiency markedly dropped off from his junior to senior season.

SUMMARY:

Grice has an impressive combination of size and speed, with a well-rounded skillset which allows him to contribute as both a rushing option and a receiving option. Having been used sparingly over the course of his college career, he should not be affected by some of the durability concerns which plague other backs, and his agility should interest one-cut teams. However, he also lacks any elite qualities, something that could ultimately push him into the draft’s third day, as teams have consistently devalued the position in recent years.  RD 4-5

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