Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State (HT: 6’0”, WT: 208 lbs.)
Sixth Round: 201st Pick
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- Fairly elusive runner. Is able to make defenders miss in space and can make himself skinny in the hole.
- Excellent receiver out of the backfield. Has a wide catch radius and soft hands, plucking the ball outside his frame.
- Demonstrates vision and instincts, finding small creases in traffic and acting intuitively at times.
- Decisive north-south runner with a slashing style. Is surprisingly effective between the tackles.
- Good balance. Gains yards after contact, pinballing off would-be-tacklers.
- Shows decent burst and lateral agility, can hit the hole with some speed or release quickly from the backfield on passing plays.
- Versatile enough to be lined up in the slot or even split wide.
- Tough and resilient. He fights to stay on his feet, churning his legs and twisting forward.
- Runs good routes and gains yards after the catch. Is quick to turn upfield with the ball.
- Displays good body control as a receiver, showing the ability to make back-shoulder catches.
- Ball security stands out as a positive feature, as he did not put the ball on the ground much during his college career.
- Willing pass-blocker who handled that responsibility frequently while with the Sun Devils.
- Contributed on special teams as a kick returner, averaging 24.1 yards per return as a senior.
- Was very productive, a touchdown machine, during his time at Arizona State.
- Does not make dynamic cuts, may lack the quickness or explosiveness to rip off huge chunks off yardage at the next level.
- Not an overly powerful or bruising runner. Is tough, but does not deliver much punishment or drive through defenders.
- Average top-end speed, can be caught from behind.
- Is an upright runner, gets stood up at times by defenders. Could stand to do a better job of running behind his pads.
- Pass protection technique requires work. He must do a better job of sliding his feet, getting into defenders’ pads, following up on first contact and finishing blocks.
- Limited creativity or ambition as a runner at times. It is easy to appreciate his north-south style, but too often he takes the safe three yards when there could be daylight if he bounces outside.
- Built more like a wide receiver than an NFL running back—tall and slender. Will likely need to bulk up at the next level.
- Not an ideal short-yardage back due to upright style and lack of power.
- Suffered a broken left fibula late in his senior season that caused him to miss the Senior Bowl and his NFL Scouting Combine workout.
- Second-team All-Pac-12 2013.
- Missed the Pac-12 title game and Holiday Bowl 2013 due to leg injury.
- Honorable mention All-Pac-12 2012.
- Transferred from Blinn Community College 2012.
- Second-team NJCAA All-American 2011.
- First-team All-Southwest Junior College Conference 2010.
One of college football’s most versatile performers over the last two years, Marion Grice proved to be a Swiss army knife capable of pitching in on offense and special teams.
Though lacking elite speed or power, his north-south running style and ability to catch the ball set him apart from others in this class. He is sure to fall in the draft due to a late-season leg injury, but has the tools to become a valuable contributor in a backfield rotation.
Draft Projection: Fourth Round
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