2017 NFL DRAFT

Keith Marshall, RB

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 219 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

Concluding a promising career marred by injuries, Marshall was the highest-rated recruit in Georgia's 2012 class that also included Todd Gurley, Leonard Floyd and several other blue-chippers. Along with Gurley, he was half of the dynamic "Gurshall" backfield in 2012 and looked like a future high draft pick until his ACL injury in 2013, which "changed everything," according to Marshall.

He accepted his role as the third-string running back and special teams player in 2015, earning praise from his coaches for his team-first mentality. Marshall saw action in 11 games in 2015 and finished third on the team in rushing with 350 yards and three touchdowns.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Desired size and build for the position. Elite straight-line speed with a home run gear. Plant-and-go burst that front-seven defenders can't handle, punching the accelerator with ease. Sudden footwork to slip contact, avoiding the first wave. Runs with forward lean and drives his feet. Backfield patience to allow blocks to develop.

Banged up in college, but toughness isn't a question. Keeps busy as a blocker, quickly locating and picking up rushers in pass protection. Secures the ball and trustworthy toting the rock. Natural receiving traits. Very intelligent both on the field and in the classroom. Georgia coaches highly complementary of his work ethic and team-first attitude.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks balance in traffic and not as powerful as his build suggests. Not a tackle-breaker. Finished off by single tacklers, lacking the body strength to shrug off defenders.

Aggressive runner and won't avoid contact, but sometimes at the expense of open run lanes. Tunnel vision between the tackles and needs to better use his peripherals to feel secondary lanes. Hesitant and doesn't always trust his eyes, bracing early for contact. Must improve his lateral quicks to better create. Will have his share of focus drops.

Strong durability concerns, tearing the ACL in his right knee (Oct. 2013) and required reconstructive surgery, which kept him sidelined him for the remainder of 2013 and most of the 2014 season - re-aggravated his right knee and injured his right ankle (Nov. 2015), keeping him out for two games. Wasn't a high volume ballcarrier post-injury with workload questions moving forward.

IN OUR VIEW: Marshall has the juice to dart through creases and force poor angles due to home run speed, doing his best work on counters where he can plant-and-burst through the line of scrimmage. While athletically gifted, he isn't a tackle-breaker and struggles when the design isn't there with teams also concerned about his injury history - worth a day three draft pick if his medicals check out.

-- Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) (4/13/16)

 
 
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11/17/2015 - Georgia RB Keith Marshall to 'move on,' test NFL after 2015 season...Keith Marshall has decided to pursue a career in professional football rather than try to return for a fifth year at Georgia, Mark Richt announced on Tuesday. Marshall arrived in Athens as a five-star prospect ranked in the top 15 of the 2012 recruiting class, but injuries over the last three seasons have limited his ability to turn that talent into on-field production for the Bulldogs. "He just wants to move on and take his shot at the NFL," Richt said on Tuesday, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Marshall showed signs of promise in his freshman year, totaling 759 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games of action with one start. But knee injuries and other ailments resulted in just eight games of action from in the 2013 and 2014 seasons combined. Richt said Tuesday that Marshall, a former member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll on track to graduate this year with a degree in Human Development & Family Science, will participate in the team's Senior Day festivities against Georgia Southern on Saturday. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com

 

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