04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Jaguars picks: Round 5/142 - Brandon Marshall, LB, 6-1, 242, Nevada...Strong, physical linebacker who will serve in backup role to the three established starters among Jaguars linebackers. Called "very hungry person, a very competitive person, a very passionate person" by Jaguars linebackers coach Mark Duffner. COULD SURPRISE: Linebacker Brandon Marshall: With that name, he's off to a good start. He's also a mean, physical linebacker with a nasty disposition on the field. The Jaguars have three solid linebackers but Marshall could push someone for a starting job early. He'll be a valuable contributor on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
A bit of a surprise invite to the scouting combine, Marshall held his own during positional drills. But it was his March 21 pro day that moved him up draft boards with a 4.63-second 40-yard dash and 29 1/2-inch vertical jump to follow up on the impressive 28 bench reps at 225 pounds he did in Indianapolis.
The Las Vegas native was a linebacker and tight end in high school who also participated in track and field. After redshirting in 2007, Marshall started six games while appearing in every contest in 2008.
He started games at both outside linebacker spots as a sophomore, racking up 61 tackles. Marshall settled into the strong-side spot in 2010, finishing with 63 tackles, including eight tackles for loss, while starting all 13 games.
As a senior, Marshall racked up a career-high 102 tackles to go along with 10 tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.
Strengths: Good-sized athlete with excellent bulk and natural strength. Hard worker in the weight room, same power translates to the field. NFL measureables with long arms and big hands to swat blockers and work well in a crowd. High motor with coachable attitude, wants to be the best. Good experience as a four-year starter at all three LB positions. Quick-footed and wastes little time in his movements.
Weaknesses: Speed is average at best and lacks ideal range. Instincts are very inconsistent and needs to do a better job deciphering and reacting. Stiff and lacks the lateral quickness to sidestep blocks and finish in space. Needs to do a better job squaring up his target and completing tackles. Doesn't play with burst and is more of a one-speed player with minimal acceleration to catch from behind.