Marcus Howard LB Georgia
Marcus is one of the quickest and fastest LB's in this draft. He has good size, excellent athletic talent and is very smart. He plays with confidence and steps up to a challenge. Marcus does a solid job defending against the run, but loves to get into the backfield and be a disrupter. He will run you down from behind faster than you can say go. He is an excellent open field tackler and you know those small RB's that come in on third down and drive you crazy with screen passes? Marcus will shut that garbage down real fast. I call him Marcus (Magic Man) Howard because now you see him, now you don't. He is that quick.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Marcus does get washed out when you run right at him, but that can be corrected with learning better leverage techniques and using his speed to turn the run in for others to make the tackle. Also, he does tend to get out of control and can get sloppy when he tackles. These are very correctable issues.
TALENT BOARD ROUND 1
I'm not sure what round Marcus will be picked in because he does have to change positions. For me, personally, that is not an issue. I think he is smart enough that after about six games you are going to see this kid impacting all over the place. I don't think the position will matter. He is an impact football player and the key is to get him on the field at one position and let him learn on the fly. He has the confidence in his athletic talent and mistakes are not going to bother him. He learns very quickly. Most everyone in this draft is going to profile this kid as a DE because that is the position he played at Georgia. I don't do that. I see this kid is undersized and I look right away to see what his talent is for the position he plays and another position that I think he might fit. Then I wait for the combine to check out what I think I see on the film athletic wise and then I profile the player. Marcus is going to be a hell of a OLB for the team that drafts him and I do not believe it will take very long for him to learn a new position. In fact, I'll go out on a limb a little more. If you have a 4-3 2-gap defense, I believe this kid could be a hell of a MLB in the same mold as Ray Lewis MLB Ravens. Now that might take a year or two, but this kid's intelligence and athletic talent makes that a big possibility.