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Prospect Profiles: Marcus Cannon

MARCUS CANNON, OL, TCU

Triangle Numbers: 6-5, 358, 5.26

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Will get looks at Right Tackle as well… Reasonably good athlete… Reasonably long arms… Good agility for a man his size… Carries his pads reasonably well… Good short area quickness… Good run blocker… Gets off the snap quickly when run blocking… Strong… Plays with good power… Possesses a good hand punch, delivers some force… Very solid drive blocker… Stays low and plays with reasonably good leverage… Gets movement in the running game… Can dominate at POA, sustains his blocks… Can get under the pads of his opponent and turn them from the action… Does an adequate job getting to the second level… Solid flexibility and body control… Very solid in pass protection… Good anchor, is difficult to move off point… Very solid lateral movement and slide… Reasonably good short area quickness… Reasonably good balance, seldom on the ground… Can be aggressive and flashes a mean streak, hard worker… Reminds me a little of Dallas’ Leonard Davis.

Negatives: Can be a little slow getting into his pass set… Gets to upright in his slide to the outside edge… Slow to recognize delayed blitzes and stunts… Doesn’t breakdown especially well on the move… Will struggle to keep feet underneath him down field… Doesn’t always get his hands on linebackers in space… Will throw his body into defenders when blocking on the move… Lacks good lateral blocking range… Struggles with speed rushers… Bends at the waist, leans and overextends into blocks on the edge… Doesn’t always play with passion, appears to occasionally play down to his opponent… Too heavy, needs to play at 330-335 lbs.

National Football Post:

A massive, thickly built offensive lineman who fills out his frame really well and doesn’t look to have much soft flesh through his mid-section despite his weight. Has experience at both right and left tackle and has been one of the most dominant linemen in the MWC over the past three years. Showcases solid flexibility in his lower half and has the ability to sit into his stance, fire off the football without much wasted motion and create a real jolt on contact in the run game. Blocks with leverage despite his size initially off the football, can get under defenders and is really heavy handed through contact. Exhibits a good, balanced punch off the ball, extends his long arms well into contact and can create a jolt at the point. But, he doesn’t play with a consistent mean streak and at times will get a bit upright through contact and be content to just seal. But when TCU needs a yard he definitely has the ability to routinely drive defenders off the football and finish. However, needs to do a better job getting off the snap count on time. Too often is the last lineman moving off the snap and will initially allow opposing defenders to get under and into his frame, forcing him to play from behind instead of consistently being the aggressor.

Showcases good range off the edge in the pass game for his size, but isn’t real coordinated on his kick-slide. Has a tendency to lose balance easily in his footwork, gets overextended easily and is forced to open up his hips in order to reach defenders flattening out around the corner. Now, he does have the length, power and coordination to unleash a nasty punch on contact and is a Velcro guy who is at his best when asked to anchor and move his feet through contact, but will struggle with athleticism and burst off the edge.

Impression: A massive, strong body with some bend and natural athleticism for his size. Lacks the range to play left tackle in the NFL, but I could see him starting at either a right tackle or guard and becoming a solid starter at either spot.

FF Toolbox:

When any college football fan thinks about TCU, it is their defense that comes to mind first…and rightfully so. However, the Horned Frogs did not go to a BCS Bowl in 2009 and are eyeing another one this season just because of their defense. The offense may not be dynamic, but they are smart and control the game. In order to do that, TCU relies very heavily on their offensive line and nobody in purple is more important to the offensive line than tackle Marcus Cannon.

After serving as a backup as a redshirt freshman in 2007, Cannon stepped into a starting role at right tackle in 2008. He was often a very dominant player and saved his best outing for the Poinsettia Bowl against Boise State. By 2009, Cannon took over just about every game; he did not allow a sack all season and went up against some very good defensive ends. Cannon made the move to left tackle in 2010 and he could play either spot at the next level.

At 6-6 and 350 pounds, Cannon is a big lineman who has enough athleticism to move his feet and stop the more nimble ends. Cannon could sneak into the first round, but he is more likely a second or third round selection at this point. Yet, for a second or third rounder, he is a very polished blocker who has the ability to immediately help any NFL team.
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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Marcus Cannon is a versatile, athletic, big offensive line prospect who will be taken in the 2nd round. Huge, but incredibly athletic for someone his size. Played left tackle in college. Can probably play it in a pinch at the next level, but more of a guard, right tackle prospect. Powerful. Needs to work on playing with more passion and recognizing blitzes. However, love the upside. For a team that needs versatile offensive linemen, Cannon would fit greatly. Can play guard, tackle, and play very well. The perfect swing backup for now, with potential to start soon. Could very well be the pick in the 2nd round.

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