Brandon Marshall   WR   Central Florida

Strengths

Brandon is a big, strong, tall, powerful receiver.  He has very strong hands and catches the ball away from his body.  He shows excellent quickness for his size and has a great burst off the line of scrimmage.  Brandon does a very good job blocking and shows excellent leadership skills.  He looks to be an excellent teammate and at this stage of the draft, does not seem to be on anyone's radar screen except for ours here at THR.

 

Needs to Improve

Some people will suggest that he might be a TE.  Trust me, he is too quick in and out of his breaks to waste at TE, although if you want to put him in the slot on third and long, he will impact.

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND   1

I think the most intriguing aspect of Brandonís game is that he has a relativity short stride for such a large person.  We are definitely talking about 1st round talent that should be picked sometime the first day, but you never know what will happen in a draft.  Brandonís first step off the line is large, but quick.  Then I notice that he never over-strides after that first step.  This keeps him on balance to make quick cuts, stops and fakes while he is running his routes at full speed.  At his size, he is probably the quickest in and out of his breaks that I've ever seen.  This makes his 40-yd speed, no matter what it is, a non-issue.  He has very strong "run after catch" abilities along with strong hands -- and is mentally tough.  He is also just learning the WR position.  He really wants to be ďthe manĒ, but also understands how he should fit in a team concept.  Personally I wouldn't hesitate to take Brandon at the end of the first round, but as you all know, thatís just me and not the reality of where a player will actually go in the draft.  To be truthful, isnít that what THR is all about -- the ability to project when a player will be taken in the draft?  THR is not solely about profiling players. What makes THR so valuable to so many GMís, Head Coaches, Directors of Scouting, National TV Commentators and Player Agents is the over 80% accuracy rating of what round or what day a player is projected to be picked in the draft.  So now, I have profiled a sleeper.  It should be fun to see how many people agree with me before the draft and then where he gets picked.  I think Brandon has big time written all over him.  A new Marshall has come to town and heís ready to clean up.  His name is Marshall Brandon! (Or is it Brandon Marshall? I always get that mixed up!)

by Drew Boylhart

THR

January 2006