Luke Marquardt, OL (6-foot-8 3/8, 317 pounds) - He has an interesting story. He never played high school football but instead played basketball. He did position drills but has a hairline fracture in his right foot. He's going to have surgery on April 18. He's one of those dark horse candidates, but how his medical condition will affect him, no one knows. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
04/12/2013 - Tackles Lane Johnson and Terron Armstead may have stolen the show from an athletic standpoint at the 2013 NFL combine, but in terms of the wow-factor "on the hoof," no one turned more heads than Azusa-Pacific's Luke Marquardt, a 6-8 (1/2), 315-pounder whose athleticism convinced more than half of the league to send scouts to the west coast Thursday for a late workout.
With Alabama running back Eddie Lacy staging his own late workout and teams generally loathe to send their scouts out this late in the process, the fact that an estimated 16-18 teams showed up for the Azusa-Pacific Pro Day is a statement, in itself. After all, the last player from Azusa-Pacific drafted into the NFL was notable Kansas City Chiefs' running back Christian Okoye... in 1987.
NFLDraftScout.com has learned that offensive line coaches from the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers were in attendance for the workout, which saw Marquardt run through drills as a left tackle, right tackle and guard. Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater, now Azusa-Pacific's offensive line coach put Marquardt through drills.
Marquardt turned heads in Indianapolis due to a sculpted frame but wasn't able to work out in Indianapolis due to a broken foot suffered during his senior campaign. He didn't run timed drills Thursday but did impress during positional workouts and NFLDraftScout.com has confirmed that he has at least eight private workouts and/or visits scheduled. Among those were stops he's already had with the Carolina Panthers and 49ers.
Marquardt is currently viewed as a potential Day Three selection and is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 24 rated offensive tackle, overall. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/08/2013 - Luke Marquardt to hold workout at Azusa Pacific on April 11...Azusa Pacific offensive tackle Luke Marquardt - who was at the NFL Scouting Combine but unable to work out due to a broken foot suffered during his senior season - will be working out on April 11 at the school. A group of NFL offensive line coaches will be present to watch Marquardt go through drills. Marquardt's height - he's 6-foot-8 - helps make him an intriguing NFL prospect, and could allow him to be the first Azusa Pacific player selected in the NFL draft since Christian Okoye - the famous "Nigerian Nightmare" - was a second-round pick in 1987 by the Kansas City Chiefs. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com