Marcel Jensen NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2014

Sep 20, 2013; Fresno, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs tight end Marcel Jensen (89) catches a pass against the Boise State Broncos in the third quarter at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated the Broncos 41-40. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State (HT: 6'5.75", WT: 259)

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  • Prototypical height and overall size for the position
  • Has the build to be a dominant blocker once he refines technique and adds some strength
  • Shows flashes of ability to overpower defenders as run-blocker, putting himself in position to gain leverage and drive his man back
  • Quick enough to handle pass-rushers off the edge and does a nice job sliding outside to push them up field
  • Has the potential to grow into a weapon in the passing game
  • His length, as well as his large hands, give him the potential to become an asset as a possession receiver once he's surrounded with the right supporting cast and in the right system at the next level
  • Excelled on special teams with four career blocked kicks
  • Durable player who avoided any significant injuries during his career



  • Somewhat limited experience due to the fact that Fresno State didn't utilize the tight end frequently, especially in the passing game, during his senior year—only 48 receptions in 38 career games
  • Athleticism limits his upside as a dynamic weapon and he will be limited to contributing as a possession receiver
  • Lacks the quickness and agility to be an effective route runner on deeper routes and lacks the speed to get behind the defense
  • Still learning how to position himself as a possession receiver
  • Needs to become more efficient in his movements when trying to box out a defender to gain the upper hand in position for a contested catch 
  • Not a threat to pick up yardage after the catch other than with an occasional broken tackle
  • Plays out of control at times, whiffing on blocks on the move and losing balance or falling down when cutting too hard during a route
  • Suffered a groin injury during Senior Bowl week, which will need to be checked out by teams
Collegiate Statistics
2011Fresno State2168.01
2012Fresno State2033917.04
2013Fresno State2635313.63


Personal Notes

  • Already 24 years old and married with a one-year-old son
  • Also a star basketball player in high school
  • Second-time All-Mountain West in 2013


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Jensen has the frame and the general skills teams look for in a well-rounded tight end. He has the potential to develop into a decent possession receiver and an above-average blocker, giving him the ideal tools for a backup tight end. His lack of speed and functional athleticism limits his upside, but every team needs a backup tight end capable of doing the little things. His ability to help out on special teams adds to his value and should help him stick on a roster. 


Draft Projection: 6th Round