05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 43. Marcus Roberson CB, Florida (6-0, 191, 4.61, JR)...A fearless, confident cover corner, Roberson battled through several injuries in 2013, most notably a left knee issue. But when healthy, he has the footwork, movement skills and competitive nature to blanket receivers along with the instincts to make plays on the ball. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/21/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: *Marcus Roberson, Florida, 6-0, 191, 4.61...Physical in coverage, aggressive in pursuit and plays with attitude. Like Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner (sixth-rated CB by NFLDraftScout.com), Roberson is a product of prep powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas (15-0 his senior year). Injuries a concern (fractured C6 vertebrae in 2011; hurt knee in 2013) and he could use more bulk on lanky frame. Frankly: Roberson can play in the NFL if he learns to work in space without losing track of the action and he must also refine his hands-on work downfield to avoid penalties. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Roberson, Purifoy still slow at soggy Florida workout...While the big news of the Pro Day world revolved around Teddy Bridgewater's shaky throwing session, an even more popular stop on the workout trail was in Gainesville, where all 32 NFL teams were on hand to watch the Florida Gators. Cornerbacks Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy failed to better their disappointing Combine 40-yard dash times, coming in the mid-4.5s to low 4.6s on most watches. One scout had Roberson at 4.71. The slow times may not have the negative impact you might expect. Scouts following the workout sounded willing to concede that poor conditions contributed to the numbers. Heavy rain forced the former Gators inside to work out and the athletes ran barefoot on an indoor rubber surface. As one longtime NFL scout put, "I've never seen anything like it."
Gators' head coach Will Muschamp defended his corners. "Those guys play a lot faster than they're going to run the 40," Muschamp said. "That's what a lot of the coaches and the comments I get from a lot of the scouts is: These guys play a lot faster than maybe their times are. "The end of the day, they're going to watch the tape." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Roberson, Purifoy still slow at soggy Florida workout...Roberson and Purifoy's tape is very intriguing but the athleticism on it didn't necessarily translate into the positional drills Monday, either. Both players struggled to keep their footing and allowed potential interceptions to slip through their fingers. Fellow cornerback Jaylen Watkins participated during positional drills but did not run again after turning in an impressive 4.41 at the Combine and performing equally well at the Senior Bowl. Roberson is the most instinctive of the trio. While lacking top notch speed, he changes directions quickly and plays a physical, alert brand of football. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 39. *Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida, 6-0, 195, 4.52, 1-2...Physical, fearless in coverage, aggressive in pursuit and plays with attitude. He must work to refine his, well, hands-on work downfield and learn to work in space. A product of prep powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas' (15-0 his senior year), but had his initial college season cut short with a neck injury (2011) and last year missed several games with a knee injury and was suspended for one game for violating team rules. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/04/2014 - UF's Marcus Roberson to Declare for 2014 NFL Draft...University of Florida junior defensive back Marcus Roberson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) announced on Friday that he will forego his final year of eligibility with the Gators' football program and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. "Marcus has informed me that he has made the decision to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL," said head coach Will Muschamp. "Marcus was part of our first recruiting class and it was a pleasure watching him mature and develop both on and off the field during his time here. I look forward to watching him play on Sundays and, like all of our players, I encourage them to return to complete his degree."
Roberson saw action in seven games and made four starts in his junior season. He totaled 11 tackles on the season, all solo, and broke up three passes. In his career, Roberson had 56 tackles, with 17 pass breakups and three interceptions. In 2012, he was named to the All-SEC Second Team after racking up 23 tackles, two interceptions and a team-leading 12 pass breakups. "I'm very thankful of everyone at Florida that helped me to get to this point in my career. From Tony Meacham, my academic adviser, to Jeff Dillman to Coach Muschamp and the entire coaching staff. It's been a great experience here and now that it is over I can truly appreciate everything that is in place here for players to be successful and have an opportunity to play at the next level." - Florida Gators football
01/03/2014 - Marcus Roberson leaving Florida Gators for NFL...Florida Gators junior cornerback Marcus Roberson announced he will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Roberson is currently the No. 11-rated cornerback and No. 96 overall prospect according to NFLDraftScout.com ratings. An All-SEC second-team selection, Roberson enters a fairly deep draft class that includes four cornerbacks currently projected by NFLDraftScout.com to go in the first or early-second rounds. Roberson is currently projected as a third-round pick, and is not included in Rob Rang or Dane Brugler's Mock Drafts or among the Top 50 players on Rang's Big Board.
He is ranked as the No. 4 junior cornerback in the country, but must perform well during the pre-draft process to justify the decision to leave school early. "I'm very thankful of everyone at Florida that helped me to get to this point in my career, from Tony Meacham, my academic adviser, to Jeff Dillman to Coach (Will) Muschamp and the entire coaching staff," Roberson said in a statement. "It's been a great experience here, and now that it is over I can truly appreciate everything that is in place here for players to be successful and have an opportunity to play at the next level." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
01/03/2014 - Marcus Roberson leaving Florida Gators for NFL...Roberson didn't generate the same hype as cornerback teammate Loucheiz Purifoy, but has displayed good agility and instincts for the position. While he dedicated himself to getting stronger last offseason, Roberson needs to show an improved effort in defending the run to become an all-around cornerback at the NFL level. He played in seven games in 2013, finishing with 11 tackles, three pass break ups and no interceptions.
"Marcus has informed me that he has made the decision to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL," Muschamp said. "Marcus was part of our first recruiting class, and it was a pleasure watching him mature and develop both on and off the field during his time here. I look forward to watching him play on Sundays, and like all of our players, I encourage them to return to complete his degree. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - Scouting the Florida special teams: CB Marcus Roberson was a pleasant surprise for the Gators returning punts. Roberson finished with four returns for 72 yards, with a long of 38 yards. P Kyle Christy had an off day against Toledo, averaging just 38.2 yards per punt. Christy will need to be better against Miami. Redshirt freshman PK Austin Hardin had an up and down debut, making 1 of 2 field goals. Hardin made a 24-yard attempt but had a 39-yard attempt hook wide left. "I lined up and pulled it a little bit left, picked my head up a little bit early, barely missed it outside the left post," Hardin said. "You're gonna have misses and the biggest thing is how you respond." - The Sports Xchange
08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - Marcus Roberson, Florida,...Saw action in all 13 games and started four at cornerback in 2012...Finished second in the SEC in passes defended with 14...Tied for sixth in school history with 12 pass breakups in a single season, the most since Joe Haden had 12 in 2008...Recorded 23 tackles, 18 solo, had two interceptions, a team-leading 12 pass breakups and a forced fumble. - Florida football
08/21/2013 - TOP FLORIDA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. CB Marcus Roberson (6-0, 195, 4.52)*...Roberson's fluid hips, light feet, long arms and active hands make him a tough target for quarterbacks, but his cover-corner mentality, unfortunately, extends toward the run as well as the pass. Roberson is a drag-down tackler who rarely gets involved when unnecessary. Only five of his 23 tackles a season ago came via assists. He showed a similar finesse style of play as a freshman prior to the injury, with 17 solo tackles among his 22 stops.
Roberson dedicated himself to getting bigger and stronger during the off-season and reportedly gained five pounds of muscle. The lanky frame shown on tape a season ago looks much closer to 180 (or less) than the 195 he was listed at by Florida. Should the greater strength lead to more physical play in 2013, the junior possesses the coverage skills to warrant plenty of early attention from NFL scouts. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/21/2013 - TOP FLORIDA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. CB Marcus Roberson (6-0, 195, 4.52)*...While Roberson won't generate the same hype as his teammate, his agility and instincts in coverage earned him more immediate playing time in Gainesville. Roberson started 10 games as a true freshman before a frightening neck injury (fractured C6 vertebrae) ended his season prematurely. He eased concerns about the injury by playing in all 13 games as a sophomore (starting four times) and leading the team with 14 passes broken up (second in the SEC), including two interceptions. The 12 pass deflections were the most by any Florida defender since Joe Haden matched this number in 2008 -- and remember, this came while splitting starting duties with Jaylen Watkins. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DB - Marcus Roberson, Florida (50)...Roberson, a junior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., led the team in 2012 with 12 pass breakups and had two interceptions. - Florida football