Every college football player probably thinks about playing in the NFL some day. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall is no different. Not known to be one fo the most polished quarterbacks out there, Marshall is prepared to show what he is capable of in 2014 as he attempts to lead Auburn to another SEC championship and perhaps a spot in the College Football Playoff.
“That’s my dream,” Marshall said back in January according to AL.com. “I know that I’ll be able to play quarterback at the next level.”
Those who break down the NFL Draft and prospects are likely to suggest the ideas about Marshall, which is that he needs to work on his drop-back passing mechanics if he wants to be a worthy NFL quarterback in the draft. Marshall completed 59.4 percent of his passes in 2013 for 1,976 yards and 14 touchdowns (with six interceptions). It seemed as though Marshall may not have completed a ton of passes, but the ones he did complete seemed to be rather important. Just ask Georgia or Alabama, for example. But the criticisms, if you want to call them that, are probably fair. To play quarterback at the NFL level requires being able to be somewhat consistent and accurate. Mobility is becoming more of a key, but having a good pocket presence is still in demand.
Those concerns have led others to embrace a position change at the next level, but Marshall is keeping his sights set on playing quarterback in the NFL. Marshall is not ready to embrace that possibility.
One can now only wonder just where Ron Jaworski thinks Marshall will be drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.