2013 NFL Draft Profile: RB Cameron Marshall

Norm Hall

A disappointing senior year may have knocked Marshall out of the draft, but that doesn't mean he can't contribute in the NFL.

After a sensational junior season, Arizona State running back Cameron Marshall was pegged by many to be among the nation's best in 2012.

However, injuries, ineffectiveness and a crowded depth chart derailed those hopes, and Marshall's NFL Draft future looks bleak.

Despite that setback, he does offer intriguing tools and whether it's via the draft or free agency, Marshall should have a chance to make good on an NFL career.

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 211 pounds

College Career: Rushed for 280 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2009, including a 75-yard run versus Washington. Became the starting running back in 2010, leading the team with 787 rushing yards and nine scores, while adding 227 yards and another touchdown receiving. Broke out in a major way in 2011, becoming the first ASU player to top 1,000 yards rushing since 2006 (1,050) and tied the school record with 18 rushing touchdowns. Battling injuries and fumbles as a senior in 2012, Marshall finished second on the team with 583 yards on the ground and nine touchdowns.

Strengths: At 5-foot-11 and 211 pounds, Marshall has very good size for the position. He is a power runner that does not shy away from contact, and can bull over opponents or rattle them with a strong stiff arm. He always keeps his feet moving and fights for the extra yards. While he doesn't have blazing speed (4.54 in the 40), Marshall does have a second gear that allows him to be a home run threat in the open field (three runs over 70 yards in his career). Marshall is also a decent receiving option out of the backfield, and showed proficiency on running swing patterns in 2011.

Weaknesses: Marshall has a solid all-around game but does not do any one thing exceptionally well, which does not allow him to standout from a deep running back group. He has battled injuries, and that remains a concern. He also has issues with ball control, which resulted in him being benched at times. Marshall is not exceptionally quick to the hole, and does not have the agility to make NFL defenders miss. He will also need to work on his pass protection in order to see time on an NFL field.

Outlook: With a deep crop of running backs in this year's draft, along with the general devaluation of the position at the NFL level, it will be a surprise if Marshall gets selected. However, he does have the size, speed, power and receiving ability to help a team down the road, and will find his way into some team's training camp. Down the road, he could develop into a decent second option that could get five to 10 touches per game.

Round Projection: 7th - Undrafted

Prediction: Priority free agent signed by the Houston Texans

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