2015 NFL DRAFT

Venric Mark, RB

School: Northwestern  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Tomball, TX
Height/Weight: 5-7 / 175 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Mark shows very good acceleration out of his cuts and scampers through arm tackles towards daylight and the second level. He is very shifty between the tackles, doesn't run hesitant and wastes little time getting north-south downfield. Isn't afraid to lower his pads and deliver a pop at the point of attack. He lines up at running back and wide receiver and is a versatile offensive weapon WEAKNESSES: Smallish frame and won't be able to put on too much more weight for the next level. Showed signs of wearing down toward the end of 2012, and durability is something to watch with his undersized body type. Lacks a true NFL position, but has skills that translate to the NFL level. --Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A scatback-type, Mark led the Big Ten in all-purpose yardage last season averaging 166.6 yards per game, recording 2,166 total yards. Mark has also made his mark on special teams as a return man, averaging 18.7 on punt returns last year with a pair of touchdowns. Although he doesn't have the prototypical build to be an every-down back at the next level, Mark could be used as an all-purpose weapon in the NFL who can catch passes out of the backfield and return kicks. (10/13/13)
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Player News
04/25/2014 - Northwestern players vote on union...Northwestern football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to unionize, an unprecedented event in collegiate athletics. It may take several weeks, months or even years before the results are known. The ballot boxes will be sealed as the university legally appeals the team's unionization effort. The National Labor Relations Board agreed Thursday to allow Northwestern's appeal of a regional director's March ruling that players are employees and can form a union. The ballots will be sealed until the appeal process is finalized. A long court battled could ensue after that.

Supporters say unionizing would help college athletes receive improved compensation and medical care for injuries, among other benefits. "You got to give the people what they want!" one player shouted at reporters, who were forced to keep a distance during the voting, according the Associated Press. The NLRB ruling only applies to private universities but it was viewed as a step toward the end of traditional student athletics. The NCAA, Northwestern and many college athletic departments, nationally, have been critical of the unionization effort. Northwestern's 76 football players under scholarship were eligible to vote. - The Sports Xchange

 

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