Chris Maurice discusses Nick Marshall’s future in the NFL as he makes the transition from quarterback to cornerback in preparation for the 2015 NFL Draft
Jan 21, 2015; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad defensive corner Nick Marshall of Auburn (14) during South squad Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)
AUBURN, Ala. (C+P) — Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall still seems to have an uncertain future in the NFL. Marshall will throw and participate in quarterback drills at the upcoming 2015 NFL Combine, despite switching to cornerback in January.
Marshall was invited to participate in the NFL Combine as a quarterback; however, several NFL teams have expressed some interest in him as a cornerback and are expected to have him work defensive back drills on the side.
Over the past two seasons, Marshall broke records as Auburn’s quarterback; and even led the team to the 2014 BCS Championship. With that being said, Marshall’s future in the NFL is certainly brighter at cornerback. Marshall was actually originally recruited as and played cornerback during his freshman season at Georgia in 2011 before starting at quarterback for Garden City Community College in 2012 and then Auburn University the next two seasons.
Marshall switched back to cornerback just in time for the 2015 Senior Bowl. Although he was a little rusty (which was expected since he had only a few days to prepare at cornerback), Marshall led all players in solo tackles. Surely Marshall has a lot of potential at his new position; and the switch is expected to significantly improve his draft stock. Marshall’s switch has drawn a lot of positive attention from people associated with the NFL:
“He had the guts to come out to the Senior Bowl and roll the dice a little bit with about five days of practice at corner,” said NFL analyst Mike Mayock. “Now, I know he played as a freshman and all that but to have the guts to roll out there and say I’m going to go cover some of the best wide outs in football coming off playing quarterback the last few years, that showed me something. And I liked it.”
The journey hasn’t been easy for Marshall, and switching back to defense after three years as a quarterback with not be a simple transition; but Marshall is determined to do everything he can to make it as a corner in the NFL. In fact, he has been working closely with Rutgers head coach and former NFL assistant coach Doug Graber in order to refine his skills and overall technique.
Marshall has a lot of work to do before the 2015 NFL Draft starts on April 30th; however, if he keeps working at it and impresses scouts at the upcoming NFL combine, Marshall may hear his name called as a cornerback on one of the first two days of May.