Lamarcus has the quick twitch thinking and athletic talent that makes him a
playmaker and an impact player. He is an excellent tackler and his ability to
leap high in the air allows him to play bigger than his size. He shows on film
excellent quick feet and has the bulk to tackle, take the hits and not get
injured at the next level. He is very smart, is a coach on the field and shows
the leadership qualities needed to build your defensive backfield around him.
Lamarcus is a leader and will impact on special teams as a returner or on the
coverage units because of his speed, quickness and unusual strength. He has the
talent to play more than one position in your back field and can defend the
taller receivers on those fade patterns in the end zone because of his leaping
abilities and intelligence. I call him Lamarcus (Arielas) Joyner because he is
an excellent leader.
Most teams will downgrade Lamarcus because of his size. Big mistake.
There is a quote attributed to Marcus Arielas, “You have the power over your
mind…not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” Lamarcus has
excellent athletic talent, but his mind is his true strength and it allows him
to play beyond his athletic talent. He reminds me a lot of safety Jim Leonard,
but with more athletic talent. Every time Jim gets cut from a team, the team
that cuts him has problems in the backfield. Every time a team signs Jim, the
defensive back field improves. Jim lacks the athletic talent that Lamarcus has
which is why he gets cut. But Jim has that innate or natural ability to play
better than his athletic talents suggest and make the players around him better.
You can’t teach it. It’s natural. When you find players who have it, you bring
them on your team no matter what their size is. Lamarcus is a playmaker with
that innate ability to make the players around him play better. He is as smart
as any coach and has the ability to decipher what is going on when a play starts
faster than most players on the field. You’ve heard that expression from the
great players that everything happens in slow motion. That’s what happens for
Lamarcus. He plays and deciphers so quickly that everything around him feels to
him like slow motion. If you need a playmaker for your defensive backfield and
special teams, and a leader for your defensive backfield, I suggest you don’t
hesitate to draft Lamarcus (Arielas) Joyner. He can change the course of a game
on one defensive or special teams play in spite of his size.