Marviel Underwood
DB | (5'10", 205, 4.49) | San Diego State

Scouts Grade: 57

Flags: (B: BULK/SIZE) Lacks size/bulk for position
Selected by: Green Bay Packers
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 14(115)
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Strengths: Possesses great speed, shows good burst to the ball while it's in the air and has the range to cover the deep half of the field. Shows good burst getting out of cuts and explodes when closing forward. Possesses adequate-not-great ball skills and is a dangerous open field runner. Times hits well, explodes into hits and punishes receivers when the opportunity presents itself. Reads plays quickly and is willing in run support. Plays with a mean streak and is physical at the point of attack. Possesses good instincts, doesn't make a lot of mistakes and flashes the ability to recover when does get caught out of position.

Weaknesses: Has good speed but only decent athleticism. Is a bit stiff in the hips. Lacks ideal bulk, he can get engulfed at the point of attack and teams shouldn't feel comfortable consistently lining him up in the box. Lacks ideal upper body strength, doesn't use hands all that well and takes too long to shed blocks. Doesn't always play under control in space and misses some open field tackles trying to deliver the big hit rather than wrapping up.

Overall: Underwood redshirted in 2000, he played in 11 games seeing most of his action on special teams in 2001 and he started 11 games in 2002. He started 12 games in 2003 finishing the season with 68 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one sack, one forced fumble and two interceptions. Underwood recorded 58 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, no sacks, one forced fumble and two interceptions in 2004. Underwood has the versatility, instincts and motor to develop into an excellent backup safety and special teams' contributor in the NFL. However, Underwood lacks ideal size and athletic ability, and he doesn't make as many big plays as he should. The bottom line is that we feel Underwood lacks the physical tools to ever develop into a starter in the NFL, which is why we think he's nothing more than a mid-to-late round draft prospect.

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