CB MARCUS WILLIAMS, NORTH DAKOTA ST.

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5’11” – 192 lbs. – 4.55e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 47 – 1.0 – 0.0, 16 PD, 4 INT (1 TD)
2011: 53 – 1.0 – 0.0, 22 PD, 7 INT (3 TD), 1 KR TD
2012: 39 – 1.0 – 0.0, 11 PD, 7 INT (1 TD), 1 KR TD
2013: 31 – 0.5 – 0.0, 11 PD, 3 INT (2 TD)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then started twelve of fourteen games played in the following season. Started all fifteen games the next year en-route to All-MVFC first-team honors, then earned conference Defensive Player of the Year recognition in 2012 after starting all fourteen games. Played in thirteen games in 2013, earning first-team all-conference honors again.

POSITIVES:

•    Will graduate having been a highly-productive, decorated four-year starter in college.
•    Overall combination of height, bulk, and length are typical for an NFL boundary corner.
•    Has been asked to play both man and zone coverages, better positioning when in man.
•    Confident player who has often been asked to shadow an opposing number one guy.
•    Fluid and quick enough to stick with receivers on short and intermediate pass patterns.
•    When he’s in position, displays quality ball skills, both in terms of his timing and hands.
•    Dangerous with the ball in his hands, scoring nine touchdowns in the course of his career.
•    Scored two touchdowns on kick returns, offers teams a potential return option early.

NEGATIVES:

•    Will need to adjust to a major upgrade in the level of competition he’s playing against.
•    Gets high in his backpedal, feet are too close, doesn’t keep his weight over his feet.
•    When he does get burned, it’s usually deep; speed on long patterns is only average.
•    A gambler who often ends up creeping toward the line in zone as receivers run by him.
•    Tends to get caught with his eyes in the backfield, needs to keep track of his man.
•    Aggressiveness makes him susceptible to double-moves, tries to jump the routes.
•    Not a consistent tackler, misses lots of tackles in the open field by not breaking down.

SUMMARY:

One of the most productive small-school defenders in this year’s class, Williams enjoyed plenty of success over the past four years, combining the ability to compete with opposing number one receivers in man coverage with quality ball skills, intercepting twenty-one passes, one-third of which were run back for touchdowns. His combination of adequate physical tools and impressive ball skills should earn him interest on the draft’s third day, even if he has some work to do with his backpedal. He must also learn to play with more prudence in zone coverage, as well as when attempting tackles. Often his aggressiveness benefits his opponents more than his own team, whether he loses track of opposing receivers while peeking into the backfield or comes flying in to make a tackle and ends up grasping for air because he didn’t break down.

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