Sen'Derrick Marks Stats Scouting Report
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Marks struggled through his least impressive season from a statistical perspective but elected to declare for the draft at the end of his junior season. Marks posted 32 tackles, including 10 behind the line of scrimmage, in 2008 and leaves Auburn with 114 career stops, including 30 tackles for loss. The short, squatty Marks has bulk and strength to rank as one of the draft's top run defenders and earned second-team All-SEC honors as a junior despite struggling through the second half of the season with an ankle injury.
Positives: Short, squatty build with room for additional mass in his upper body and a thick lower body. ... Good leg drive to anchor and use of leverage to hold up against the run. ... Flashes good initial quickness off the snap to put the blocker in a defensive position. ... Quick, strong hands to disengage from defenders. ... Good arm extension to keep blockers' hands off his frame. ... Good lateral quickness and balance to provide an interior pass rush. ... Good short-area quickness to close on the ballcarrier. ... Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter. ... Willing in pursuit laterally and downfield. Negatives: Not yet the sum of his parts as a player. ... Lacks the bulk and strength to handle anchoring against the double-team. ... Plays so low that he loses track of the ball. ... Seems to tire easily, despite being used as part of a rotation at Auburn. ... Struggled with ankle injuries as a junior. ... Elected to come out early despite a disappointing junior season and could be motivated by big NFL paychecks.
High School Coach: Kerry Stevenson ... Totaled 81 tackles and 17 sacks as a senior ... Helped lead his team to the first round of the playoffs ... Compiled 87 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior ... Three-year starter at tackle and end ... Led his team to 6A state quarterfinals ... Three-year starter in basketball and averaged 15 points a game.
Born Feb. 23, 1987 ... Son of Elaine Marks and Matthew Winston ... Majoring in sociology.