2013 Pro Days: Sleeper OL draws crowd to Azusa-Pacific
Representatives from half of the NFL were on hand to see OL Luke Marquardt work out Thursday. At nearly 6-9, 315-pounds, Marquardt is an imposing physical specimen who was invited to the combine but was unable to work out there due to a broken foot. Eight NFL teams have requested meetings with Marquardt, who's expected to be the first Cougar drafted since Christian Okoye in 1987.
Tackles Lane Johnson and Terron Armstead may have stolen the show from an athletic standpoint at the 2013 NFL combine, but in terms of the wow-factor "on the hoof," no one turned more heads than Azusa-Pacific's Luke Marquardt, a 6-8 (1/2), 315-pounder whose athleticism convinced more than half of the league to send scouts to the west coast Thursday for a late workout.
With Alabama running back Eddie Lacy staging his own late workout and teams generally loathe to send their scouts out this late in the process, the fact that an estimated 16-18 teams showed up for the Azusa-Pacific Pro Day is a statement, in itself. After all, the last player from Azusa-Pacific drafted into the NFL was notable Kansas City Chiefs' running back Christian Okoye... in 1987.
NFLDraftScout.com has learned that offensive line coaches from the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers were in attendance for the workout, which saw Marquardt run through drills as a left tackle, right tackle and guard. Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater, now Azusa-Pacific's offensive line coach put Marquardt through drills.
Marquardt turned heads in Indianapolis due to a sculpted frame but wasn't able to work out in Indianapolis due to a broken foot suffered during his senior campaign. He didn't run timed drills Thursday but did impress during positional workouts and NFLDraftScout.com has confirmed that he has at least eight private workouts and/or visits scheduled. Among those were stops he's already had with the Carolina Panthers and 49ers.
Marquardt is currently viewed as a potential Day Three selection and is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 24 rated offensive tackle, overall.
Former Nevada cornerback Malik James also turned heads at the workout. The transfer from Cincinnati was unofficially clocked at 4.35-seconds at 5-11 (5/8), 189-pounds, according to multiple sources. The New England Patriots, who had at least two representatives on hand and ran James' workout, seemed especially interested.
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