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Marvell Tell III NFL Draft 2019: Scouting Report for Indianapolis Colts' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2019

Southern California safety Marvell Tell III runs a play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against UNLV Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. USC won 43-21. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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STRENGTHS

—Length and range to play a valuable role in the NFL as a single-high safety.

—Effective blitzer from all over the field.

—Can flip his hips and run with receivers and athletic tight ends.

—Quick, agile feet to close on runners from deep safety.

—Adequate at closing gaps in running lanes and will stick his nose in the mix to make plays.

        

WEAKNESSES

—Not physical at the point of impact, allowing too many yards after contact.

—Slender build, at 198 pounds on a 6'2" frame, will be overpowered by tight ends.

—Loses in deep coverage by allowing receivers to get deeper than him.

—Slow to close on running plays.

            

OVERALL

Tell will shine when he is determined to make a play. Many teams will fall in love with his range and ball skills. He can be slow in the run game, especially runs up the middle, but tracks well to the outside.

         

GRADE: 5.60 (ROUND 5—BACKUP CALIBER)  

PRO COMPARISON: Marcus Williams

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