NAME: Marquise Blair
JERSEY: No. 13
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 195 lbs
PROS: Has excellent length for the position; offers a physical profile that projects well to playing against NFL tight ends, especially with added weight. Can offer hard-hitting reps across the middle of the field or when filling down against the run — has been ejected from multiple games for targeting, given tendency to look for the big hit. Length can assist him as a tackler: increases tackle radius in space.
CONS: Is generally a very poor tackler. Dives for ankles at every opportunity. Will either come in too contact far too hot and be easily eluded or sit on his heels and let contact come to him. A grab-and-drag tackler in space.
High-waisted frame greatly limits change of direction ability. Is a little bow-legged and it bites into his acceleration as well. Range from the free safety alignment generally disappoints, in part due to acceleration questions and in part due to processing/spacing problems. Doesn’t lean zones to strength of formation/QBs eyes. Very few plays to the boundary evident down the field.
Angles to the ball generally seem disappointing. Arrived to multiple seam routes out of position to make a play on the football or deliver a hit to the receiver. Will pull up from strikes at times — whether over concern of drawing a targeting penalty, or because he’s avoiding receiving some power, it’s unclear.
– Benjamin Solak