Marion Grice has been a mainstay in the Arizona State backfield for the past two seasons. He had a breakout junior season and continued that success in 2013, being named Second Team All-Pac-12.
Grice was sidelined for the final three games of his Sun Devil career with a fractured fibula, which also caused him to miss the NFL combine and Arizona State's pro day.
Weight: 208 pounds
College Career: Grice ran for 679 yards in his first season at Arizona State, overtaking Cameron Marshall at the end of 2012 as Arizona State's featured running back. In the final two games of the 2012 season, Grice carried the ball 32 times for 315 yards and five touchdowns.
He continued his success in 2013, rushing for 996 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns this past season. Grice finished his Sun Devil career with six 100-yard rushing games and 25 rushing touchdowns. He showed a knack for finding the endzone while at Arizona State, scoring 39 total touchdowns in his 24-game career.
Strengths: Grice is one of the most versatile running backs in this draft class. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and is a solid pass blocker. Grice showed good initial burst while at Arizona State and has good vision to find holes to run through. He only fumbled once in two seasons and was the only player in the nation this season to tally over 400 rushing yards, receiving yards and kick return yards.
Weaknesses: Because of his injury, he was unable to participate in any senior All-Star games. Grice ran a 4.68 40-yard dash at his pro day, which would have placed him 27th among running backs at the combine. He lacks top-end speed and needs to add some bulk at the next level. With his current size, he won't break many tackles in the NFL and will have a difficult time running between the tackles.
Outlook: With the value of running backs decreasing, it would not be surprising if Grice does not here his named called this weekend. However, with more and more offenses spreading out in the NFL, Grice can help a team in multiple ways.He can catch the ball out of the backfield and can be a change-of-pace back on third down.
Alfred Morris, Andre Ellington and Bryce Brown are examples of players who were drafted in the 6th round or went undrafted who have had success in the NFL recently.
Round projection: 6th-undrafted
Prediction: 7th round (218th overall) to the Cleveland Browns