Drew Boylhart   3/09

Marcus Freeman   LB   Ohio St         

 

STRENGTHS

Marcus has good size, strength and speed to play his position.  He is a smart player and does a great job in pass defense.  He is another one of the long list of efficient LB's in this draft.  Marcus is a tough kid and has played with injuries throughout his career.  It is very hard to see what true potential Marcus has for the next level because he plays with injuries.  This is a good thing and a bad thing for the next level.  Right now, Marcus is a better LB in pass defense than he is in run defense.    

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

The injuries have robbed Marcus of being a standout LB.  I'm not sure at this point if he can take the pounding at the next level -- especially against the run.  

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 4

At one time, I would have considered Marcus to have 2nd round talent.  I think at this point, and in this draft, you have to think of Marcus as a part time player unless he proves otherwise after the draft.  Marcus had always been a solid player, but he was never strong against the run.  He would make the tackles and do what was asked of him to turn the sweep inside; however, Marcus was not an impact attack style of LB.  This draft is full of LB's and if Marcus can just get himself healthy you might have a solid OLB on your hands.  The truth is that if Marcus cannot show in his workouts some sort of unusual athletic talent, he might not get drafted high, or at all, this year.  Marcus is a solid, but not impacting OLB.