|by Drew Boylhart SR Staff Writer March 2005||Marcus Lawrence LB South Carolina|
Marcus has excellent athletic talent to play his position. He has very good size, strength and speed. He is a good tackler, can rush the passer and has the talent to go one on one in pass coverage with just about any TE. Marcus, with all of his athletic talent, should be considered a 1st round pick in this draft, but he is not.
Needs to Improve
Marcus is not the sharpest tool in the shed. He lacks the instincts to impact at his position. He takes too many false steps and in general, does not understand what his position requires of him mentally.
Talent Board Round 5
Marcus seems to be a smart kid, but once the play starts, he just doesnít get it. He doesnít understand down and distance and situations. He doesnít get why he is in a certain defense at a certain time of the game. Donít ask me why, but if he ever does calm down and start to think on the field the way a LB should be thinking on the field, he could be an excellent player. For me personally, I would wait until his first contract is up and then see what kind of player he is. The answer might be that the coaches at his school did not work with him because they thought they didnít need to. The only problem with that thought is that Marcus did not get better as the year went on and you would think that just playing every game that you would have seen some natural improvement. If Marcus can get himself on the right page, I feel he has the talent to become an impact weak side LB. But that is a big IF!