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Marcus Forston

| | College: Miami (Fla.)
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Forston was considered one of the top defensive line recruits in the country, choosing Miami over Florida, Florida State and USC.

He saw the field as a true freshman in 2008 (one start), finishing with 18 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks, earning several Freshman All-America honors. Forston played in the first three games of 2009, but suffered an ankle injury and took a medical redshirt.

He returned in 2010 as a sophomore and started 12 games, recording 37 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and one interception. Forston started the first three games of 2011 as a junior, but missed the rest of the season with a serious knee injury. Despite coming off a season-ending injury, he decided to forego his final season of eligibility and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

Forston was a surprise early entry in this draft because he missed most of last season after suffering a non-contact knee injury in October 2011, and durability is a huge red flag.

He isn't a technically sound player and lacks team discipline with little gap integrity. The game comes easy to him and there are questions about whether he will put the work in to improve. Forston has impressive movement skills for a player with his size and strength, but he isn't yet a finished product - raw ability isn't the concern with him, but he will be drafted based on potential.


Strengths: Looks the part with natural size and filled-out frame with good body thickness. Has good functional strength with some raw power to stay physical at the point of attack. Stays coordinated through contact and can anchor well in the run game, generating power from his lower half. Quick-footed pass rusher with loose hips and good change of direction skills, moving very well for his size. Natural bender with a quick first step and the fluid movement skills to burst in any direction - smooth lateral range. Was productive when on the field, tallying 17.5 tackles for loss over his career.

Weaknesses: Plays upright and struggles with leverage. Too often stonewalled at the line of scrimmage and doesn't show the hand strength or technique to shed or redirect blockers. Unpolished fundamentally and doesn't appear as concerned with that part of his game. Has very little gap integrity and doesn't consistently play assignment football. Not known as a workout warrior and there are questions about how important football is to him. Has strong durability concerns after his 2009 and 2011 seasons were ended prematurely, battling serious ankle and knee injuries. Also has some minor character issues after being suspended for the 2011 season opener for accepting improper benefits.

NFL Comparison: Sen'Derrick Marks, Tennessee Titans

-- Dane Brugler

2011 Season

Played and started in three games before suffering a season-ending knee injury … Registered five tackles and one tackle for loss … Had his best game against Kansas State, registering two tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.

2010 Season

Played in 13 games, starting 12 … Recorded 37 tackles, including the second-most tackles for loss on the team (12) … Sacked the quarterback three times on the year and even picked off a pass.

2009 Season

Played in three of the first four games including Florida State, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma before sitting out the remainder of the season with an injury … Did not record atackle … Earned a medical hardship for the 2009 season.

2008 Season

Played in 12 games and made first career start at Florida … Named first-team freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com, Football Writer's Association and Rivals.com … Recorded 18 tackles (13 solo, five assisted), 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, which tied for fourth on the team … Tallied a career-high four tackles at NC State, which included a career-best two sacks … Had three tackles against Wake Forest … First career sack came in a win against Virginia Tech.

Injury Report

2009: Took a medical redshirt after suffering an ankle injury in the third game.

2011: Suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game.

High School

One of the top-ranked defensive tackles … Played for the 2007 consensus national championship team as chosen by USA Today and Sports Illustrated … Three-year starter who played in the U.S. Army All-American game … As a senior in 2007, made 92 tackles, 20 sacks and forced seven fumbles while being double-and triple-teamed … Named first-team All-State … Also often lined up at wide receiver on goal-line situations and caught one touchdown pass … As a junior in 2006, made 65 tackles and 21 sacks as school won the state championship … His older brother, Dustin, played college football at Mississippi and FAU … Coached by Billy Rolle … Named a Parade All-American and to USA Today's All-USA team.

EA Sports All-American … Named All-State by Florida Sportswriters Association … Ranked the No. 7 player in the country, the No. 1 defensive tackle and the No. 2 player in Florida by Rivals.com … Ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle, the No. 18 player overall and the No. 9 player in Florida by Scout.com … Rated the No. 27 player and the No. 1 defensive tackle by ESPN … Ranked as the No. 4 player in the country by Tom Lemming on CSTV.com … Selected No. 25 on the PrepStar Top 135 Dream Team … Ranked No. 2 on the Miami Herald South Florida Top 25 … Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 team … Ranked the No. 3 player in Florida and the No. 13 player in the nation by the Tampa Tribune.


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