Marquez White - Florida State Seminoles
Hometown: Dothan, AL
Experience: 2 year starter
40yd dash: 4.59 seconds
Broad jump: 123.0 inches
Vertical: 36.0 inches
20yd. Shuttle: NA
Bench Press: NA
Marquez White was a 4 star recruit who signed with Florida State to play both football and basketball. He saw action in all 13 football games his Freshman year, including the National Championship game. He tallied 12 tackles on the season mainly as a special teams contributor. He joined the basketball team just days after the National Championship and appeared in six games. After the season White decided to solely concentrate on football.
As a Sophomore, White was a reserve CB and a Special Teams contributor seeing action in 12 games. He made the jump to starter during his Junior year. White started all 13 games and had 25 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 pass breakups, and an interception. He was targeted on only 7% of opposing quarterback throws despite lining up opposite of Jalen Ramsey.
White again started all 13 games as a Senior in 2016. After Ramsey entered the draft, White became the Seminoles number one CB. He finished the season with 25 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, and 4 pass break ups. He was selected to play in the Reece’s Senior Bowl at the end of his Senior season.
White did not miss a game due to injury in his collegiate career, but did have surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand in March 2016.
Man Coverage: 3.0/5.0 White uses his long arms to fight receivers at the line of scrimmage. However, his lack of strength allows him to get beat off the line. He has tightness in his hips which hurts his ability to turn and run after contact. He lacks top end speed, which could get exposed when he makes the transition to the NFL. He doesn’t turn his head well with the ball in the air. White plays inside routes much better than outside due to his lack of speed. Tends to go for pump fakes, and grab receivers when he gets in trouble.
Zone Coverage: 3.7/5.0 White seems more comfortable in zone coverage. He reacts well with his eyes on the Quarterback. He is able to quickly adjust to receivers crossing through his zone and pass them off to teammates. Plays angles very well to cut off throwing lanes for opposing offenses. Lacks burst to recover from mistakes and doesn’t tackle well when catches are made.
Against the Run: 2.6/5.0 White’s skinny frame and lack of strength make him a liability against the run. He gives effort to take on blockers, but lacks the push to shed them even against college receivers. Will often try to strike the ball carrier instead of wrapping them up. Waits for ball carrier to get to him rather than attacking the tackle. Needs to put on more bulk and play with more of edge to make an impact in the run game.
Speed/Quickness: 3.2/5.0 White had a very disappointing 4.59 second 40 yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. While that may not disqualify him from becoming a quality CB in the NFL, the tape reflects that lack of speed and quickness. White struggles to recover against faster WRs in man coverage, and struggled on routes with quick change of direction.
Impact Play Ability:2.8/5.0 Despite giving up a very low percentage of completions, White only had 4 career interceptions. His lack of ball skills is surprising for a former basketball player. He doesn’t adjust well when the ball is in the air, and as a result is often caught playing the receiver’s arms instead of playing the ball. In zone coverage White doesn’t have the athleticism or anticipation to drive into throwing lanes and force turnovers.
Summary: Marquez White is CB who had good production in college, but his game likely doesn’t transition well to the NFL. He lacks the athleticism to be an outside cover corner, and lacks the shiftiness and playmaking ability to cover the slot. He does have good size and length, and has been productive as a cover player. His ceiling in the NFL is probably as a solid number two Cornerback, but he will have to make contributions on special teams early in his career to stay on an active roster.
Overall Grade: 3.06/5.0
If Drafted by the Packers:
Marquez White would be a late round CB for the Packers who would hope to compete to make the roster. He would have to battle Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, Ladarius Gunter, Makinton Dorleant, and Josh Hawkins for the final roster spots at CB. He has the ability to contribute as a special teamer, and he has played in a pro-style defense. He can handle the zone coverages, but would likely struggle in press man that is required by Dom Capers. He duplicates what Gunter provides for the team without the knowledge of the system and experience. White wouldn’t be an immediate contributor, but could be a developmental player if Green Bay isn’t happy with some of their other young CBs.
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