03/13/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DOWN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: *Marcus Forston, Miami, DT, 6-1, 301, 3...Forston has exceptional, natural athletic ability that thus far has been offset by his equally natural ability to have something go wrong, one way or the other. His career has been scarred, quite literally, with a number of injuries that limited his time on the playing field. As a promising freshman, Forston played eight games, including one start. The next year he was in only three games before being redshirting after injuring an ankle. He then missed spring practice in 2010 with a shoulder injury, but looked good in 12 starts that season. In 2011 he was suspended from the season opener by the NCAA for taking impermissible benefits while being recruited. Forston returned to start the next three games before a knee injury ended his season and, when he declared for the draft, his college career. NFL scouts are left to evaluate an injury-plagued, strong, gifted athlete who has been a work in progress, albeit with little progress. He demonstrated his natural strength at the combine by benching 225 pounds 35 times and although his speed and agility results were mediocre, he was at least healthy enough to take part. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
Forston was considered one of the top defensive line recruits in the country, choosing Miami over Florida, Florida State and USC.
He saw the field as a true freshman in 2008 (one start), finishing with 18 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks, earning several Freshman All-America honors. Forston played in the first three games of 2009, but suffered an ankle injury and took a medical redshirt.
He returned in 2010 as a sophomore and started 12 games, recording 37 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and one interception. Forston started the first three games of 2011 as a junior, but missed the rest of the season with a serious knee injury. Despite coming off a season-ending injury, he decided to forego his final season of eligibility and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
Forston was a surprise early entry in this draft because he missed most of last season after suffering a non-contact knee injury in October 2011, and durability is a huge red flag.
He isn't a technically sound player and lacks team discipline with little gap integrity. The game comes easy to him and there are questions about whether he will put the work in to improve. Forston has impressive movement skills for a player with his size and strength, but he isn't yet a finished product - raw ability isn't the concern with him, but he will be drafted based on potential.
Strengths: Looks the part with natural size and filled-out frame with good body thickness. Has good functional strength with some raw power to stay physical at the point of attack. Stays coordinated through contact and can anchor well in the run game, generating power from his lower half. Quick-footed pass rusher with loose hips and good change of direction skills, moving very well for his size. Natural bender with a quick first step and the fluid movement skills to burst in any direction - smooth lateral range. Was productive when on the field, tallying 17.5 tackles for loss over his career.
Weaknesses: Plays upright and struggles with leverage. Too often stonewalled at the line of scrimmage and doesn't show the hand strength or technique to shed or redirect blockers. Unpolished fundamentally and doesn't appear as concerned with that part of his game. Has very little gap integrity and doesn't consistently play assignment football. Not known as a workout warrior and there are questions about how important football is to him. Has strong durability concerns after his 2009 and 2011 seasons were ended prematurely, battling serious ankle and knee injuries. Also has some minor character issues after being suspended for the 2011 season opener for accepting improper benefits.
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