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2015 NFL Draft: Scouting Ali Marpet, Hobart Offensive lineman

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Could this small school prospect be the answer the Broncos are looking for along the offensive line?

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One prospect who may interest the Denver Broncos on day two of the 2015 NFL Draft is former Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet. He is a 6'4", 307lb offensive lineman who is considered one of the most intriguing prospects in this year's NFL Draft. Marpet is rated as the 80th overall prospect according to CBS Sports and is ranked as the fourth overall guard in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Ali Marpet started 37 games at Hobart college from 2011 to 2014.In 2014, was named second-team Little A.P. All-American, first-team All-Liberty, and the Liberty Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Marpet was the first Division III player chosen to play in the Senior Bowl. He did not allow a single sack this past season.

Ali Marpet:

Offensive lineman, Senior, Hobart

Height: 6'4" Weight:307lbs 40 time: 4.98 seconds(Top performer at the NFL Combine)

Arm Length: 33 3/8" Hands: 10"

Bench Press: 30 reps Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches

Broad Jump: 108 inches 3 Cone Drill: 7.33 seconds(Top performer at the NFL Combine)

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.47 seconds (Top performer at the NFL Combine)

Film Room:

I couldn't find any game film. This was the best I could find on him.

Scouting Report:

Strengths:

  • Speed and athleticism. Has good foot quickness. He fires off the line quickly and uses power in his legs.
  • Well built. Has a compact build and a solid base too anchor himself.
  • Low pad level. Often is the low man. Using his hips, strong legs and long arms to control the defender.
  • Intelligence. Has a high football IQ and smarts off the field.
  • Hand placement. Shows consistent hand placement and is known as a solid technician in the trenches.
  • Understands blocking angles and leverage.
  • Held his own at the Senior Bowl against top talent.
  • Showed very well at the NFL Combine. Benched 30 reps and showed off his athleticism.
  • Durable. Played 37 straight games at left tackle for Hobart.
  • Has a strong work ethic. He is a "110-percenter" and
  • Two-time team captain with several accolades at the D-III level.

Weaknesses:

  • Didn't play against elite talent in college. Played against Divison-III level talent, and making the jump from that to the NFL could take some time.
  • Needs to get a little stronger and fill out his frame to take on NFL level talent.
  • Will have to move inside in the NFL. Played left tackle at Hobart, but projects best at guard or even center. He lacks experience at those two positions.
  • Sometimes gets caught leaning and lunging.

Does Marpet fit with the Broncos?:

Sure does!

The Broncos have journeymen Shelley Smith and reserve player Ben Garland competing for the left guard position left vacated by Orlando Franklin who signed with the rival San Diego Chargers. So the Broncos should be looking for their starting left guard in the NFL Draft.

Marpet has the strength and athleticism to thrive in Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking system. The big question with Marpet is how NFL ready is he? He played against DIII talent in college and might need some time to adjust to the speed and strength of the NFL.

Marpet is expected to be selected in the 2nd or 3rd round of this month's NFL Draft. I believe he will be off the board by the time the Broncos are on the clock in the third round. So barring a trade the Broncos might have to take him in the second round.