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Auburn’s Nick Marshall sees NFL future at QB

Nick Marshall, Cameron Sutton AP

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.

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9 Responses to “Auburn’s Nick Marshall sees NFL future at QB”
  1. TeamBalco says: Feb 26, 2014 2:45 PM

    Freakish athlete! I’d convert to WR or DB, playing QB at the next level isn’t an option. He’ll put up better numbers next season at Auburn for sure, but I saw the passes at the end of the national championship game and he looked horrible.

  2. hockeyissweet says: Feb 26, 2014 2:57 PM

    he can’t throw a football

  3. normtide says: Feb 26, 2014 3:11 PM

    If he can develop his passing skills, he will shine in the league. That’s a big if. I will say he is calm under pressure and excellent in his feet. I try not to count anyone out, not until the final bell rings.

  4. afrancis55 says: Feb 26, 2014 4:05 PM

    As TeamBalco and Norm said he’s very athletic and has great instincts, but let’s be real here, Marshall has got to get a helluva lot more accurate with his passes. To be an NFL quarterback. While he did get much better near the end of the season he still missed wildly on countless open throws. With that being said, he still has another year to get better with Malzahn, and I believe he will get better and will make it to the league and start as a QB.

    War Eagle!

  5. musiccitymiracle2 says: Feb 26, 2014 5:45 PM

    Great athlete. Super cool under pressure, and did an unbelievable job of advancing the Auburn offense last season. They will be terrific next year too, but…

    While Marshall does have a big arm – he can gun it and he can flick it far – his accuracy has not been a strength. Missed wide wide open guys against Bama and in the NC game. The guy is absolutely a player, and somebody I want on my college team, but even as an Auburn fan, I am skeptical of is pro QB potential. When is the last time we saw a QB with “accuracy” issues get them resolved. I don’t think we have ever seen that. I wish him the best but remain skeptical.

    He is a great college player – might be in the Heisman discussion next year – and I think he could play WR, DB, or slot receiver – kind of a Percy Harvin skill set. I could definitely see that but I don’t think he throws accurately enough to be effective as a pro.

  6. el muñeco says: Feb 26, 2014 5:46 PM

    Reblogged this on dwiyblog and commented:
    A nice college football player but not a pro player

  7. jagtiger says: Feb 26, 2014 6:02 PM

    Way better than Tebow.

  8. ghengy says: Feb 26, 2014 10:43 PM

    Big Auburn fan….dream on Nick. Aint happening.

    War Eagle!

  9. JackedUpSports says: Feb 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    potential.

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