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Prospect Profiles: Owen Marecic

OWEN MARECIC, FB,STANFORD

Triangle Numbers: 6, 248, 4.91

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting

Positives: The most versatile football player in the draft, can be a standout at both fullback and linebacker… Played both linebacker and fullback in every game in 2010… Has above-average size for an NFL fullback… Shows good technique as a pass blocker and loves to push linebackers as a lead blocker… High effort player who leaves it all on the field… Won the Paul Hornung Award this year, given to the most versatile college player in the country… Phenomenal special teams contributor who will see time immediately on return units… Good in short yardage situations, always fights for the extra yard.

Negatives: Limited as a runner and receiver because of his lack of physical gifts, relies mostly on effort… Slow and doesn’t have much experience running the football… Below-average route runner… Does not have a high ceiling.

National Football Post:

A well-built lead blocker who does a great job using his hands to engage into blocks, seal targets and pump his legs through contact. Looks really comfortable reaching defenders off his frame on perimeter runs, breaking down in space and keeping them from ever getting a sniff of the play. Reads and reacts quickly to defenses inside and has a great feel for the run game. Isn’t the most fluid of athletes and will struggle to maintain balance when asked to quickly change directions. But showcases good pop when asked to lunge into blocks off his frame and can still create a seal for his running back inside. Plays till the whistle and always seems to be working to push the pile, a real team-first guy. Looks comfortable in blitz pick-up as well, quickly locating his target and moving his feet through contact. Also, can catch the football out of the backfield, but isn’t a real natural plucker and is more of a linear guy with the ball in his hands. However, he can be a solid safety valve out in the flat.

Now, physically he isn’t the most dominant guy when asked to drive defenders off the ball and overwhelm them at the point of attack. Possesses good, not great, strength for the position, but relies more so on his coordination, hands and grit to get into blocks and seal in the run game.

Impression: A really impressive fullback who understands angles, has a great feel inside and consistently is able to get into blocks and eliminate his man on contact. Looks like a starting caliber lead guy in the NFL from day one and is one of my favorite fullback prospects in the draft.

FF Toolbox:

Owen Marecic has been one of the great stories of 2010. Every week the fullback and linebacker seems to be on the field for every play and has helped Stanford reach a BCS bowl. It is quite rare for a player to score on offense and defense in the same game, but Marecic took that feat to new heights early in his senior campaign against Notre Dame. Within 13 seconds, Marecic rushed for a touchdown and intercepted a pass and returned it for a score. That has been how Marecic’s senior season has gone. Through the regular season, he has 20 carries for four touchdowns and has added nine receptions for 75 yards. However, Marecic is in the game much more often than that and has done a superb job blocking for the young Stanford backfield.

On the other side of the ball Marecic has started all 12 games and tallied 45 tackles. Marecic has a nose for the ball and has broken up five passes this season and picked off two. He will even occasionally get into the backfield and do some damage.

The big question is where does Marecic fit in the NFL? He is really a fullback, but he is also one heck of a special teams player who can make plays no matter what the situation may be. For an NFL team that actually uses a fullback, Marecic will be a steal in the fourth or fifth round.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Owen Marecic is a throwback fullback who played both ways in college. Incredibly intense, passionate player, with incredible stamina, Marecic is part of a dying breed of fullbacks. Many teams do not use fullbacks, preferring to use H-Backs, or guys who are capable of making plays in the passing game. Marecic is not a H-Back. Rather, he is the prototypical fullback for what the Giants do. The conventional wisdom, espoused here and by others, is that the Giants are set at fullback because of how well Bear Pascoe played down the stretch. However, Pascoes’ move to fullback weakens the tight end spot. The Giants could move Pascoe back to tight end, and draft someone like Marecic, who could start from Day 1, to replace him at fullback. Marecic is a terrific blocker who understands angles, and would be a special teams dynamo. He would be a 6th round pick, and I think he would be a steal.

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