Marcus Richarson Scouting Report

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Marcus Richarson Scouting Report

Position: OLB
Conference: SunBelt
School: Troy Trojans
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #26
Height & Weight: 6'0 - 228 lbs.

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Marcus Richarson, OLB, Troy

Richardson was redshirted in 2005, playing in seven games (but seeing limited action in each of them). In 2006, Richardson started all of the team's eleven games at strong side linebacker. He recorded 59 tackles (seven for loss) and broke five pass attempts. He played eleven of the team's thirteen games during his sophomore season. But he missed two games due to a broken collarbone, yet still recording 40 tackles with 4.5 for loss and registered 1.5 sacks. In 2007, he started all of the school's twelve games, finishing the season with 60 sacks (5.5 for loss) and also registering 2.5 sacks. He also lettered on the school's track and field team, competing in the 100 meter dash and the triple jump. Richardson is a natural, fluid athlete. He is quick and fast (4.56-40) with great range, who is able to move well laterally. He can run with any back or tight end out of the backfield and will also go toe-for-toe with some wide receivers. Adjusting well when the ball is in the air, his great leaping ability (registered 39' vertical jump) enables him to batter many balls. Richardson is a willing run stopper and his long arms help him rap ball carriers well. But, he is undersized and needs to add weigh. His production is below his athletic level and his pass recognition needs work. Occasionally, he will bite on some play fakes and is overly aggressive, not playing with consistency. Richardson is an above average athlete who has a lot of football ability. His consistency and lack of production will downgrade his stock and his size is also concern. All that said, Richardson will probably be selected late in the draft. He should make a pro roster and could produce immediately on special teams. In time and with coaching, he could make a contribution on defense.

Last Updated Jan-22-2008 by Raul Colon

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