As Pat would say … next question. Not to go MIAC two weeks in a row, but to be honest, you have to.
Marpet, a virtual lock to be the first player drafted from Division III since the Detroit Lions selected Albion cornerback Chris Greenwood in , is a strong candidate to end the drought. There has not been a draft pick from Hobart since , when the Lions selected tackle Bob Williamson with the 37th overall pick.
Even Marpet, in an interview with Bleacher Report last week, admitted that making it to the NFL looked like a pipe dream when he committed to Hobart in How did Marpet, a player who clearly has the physical potential to play at the next level, end up at such a tiny school?
Ultimately, Marpet made an academic decision in choosing Hobart.
It was Kevin DeWall, the offensive coordinator, offensive line and tight ends coach at Hobart, who made the decision that Marpet should be a blocker. After seeing action in six games as a freshman, Marpet became the starting left tackle for the Statesmen in and earned All-Liberty League honors in his first year as a starter.
The size, speed and skills of the opponents he went up against on Division III teams do not compare with those of the defenders he will have to block in the NFL.
Possessing a combination of size, strength and athleticism befitting of a high-level Division I player, Marpet consistently stood out in Division III games as the most physically gifted player on the field.
Able to put defenders on the ground with a nasty punch, Marpet served more pancakes than an IHOP, while he also routinely moved inferior defenders away from runs as if they were blocking sleds.
Often able to overpower his collegiate competition, Marpet also exhibited a great ability to accelerate downfield and make key run blocks at the second level and beyond. Able to get out in front of a throwback screen, Marpet No.
Against bigger, faster and more technically refined adversaries in the NFL, Marpet will no longer have the immense physical advantages that he did at Hobart. But doubts that scouts have about his game translating to the next level should be at least somewhat alleviated by his performances at the Senior Bowl in January and the scouting combine in February.
As Marpet got his first taste of action against NFL-caliber prospects in the Senior Bowl, one might have expected that Marpet would be overwhelmed by their physical traits and have his flaws exposed, especially considering he was playing a new position—guard—after years of playing tackle at Hobart.
Instead, Marpet continued to dominate in spite of the upgrade in competition. Following an impressive week of practices, Marpet graded out as the best offensive lineman in the Senior Bowl game, according to Pro Football Focus.
With his stock already rising thanks to his great play in Mobile, Marpet proved at the combine that his physical traits really are outstanding, even by NFL standards.