Marcus Mcmaryion, Sr, QB, Fresno State
Ht: 6-2” Wt: 203
2018 Stats: 11G,70.6%Comp, 2,966Yds, 22TDs, 3INTs
After starting only 7 games over his first two years in Oregon State, McMaryion transferred to Fresno State for his junior year and has been the starting QB since week 4 of 2017. He was immediately eligible to play at Fresno State because he already earned his undergraduate degree in his two years at OSU, a testament to his intelligence and dedication. In his two years at Fresno State, he has thrown for 5692 yards with 36TDs and only 8 interceptions. In October, McMaryion’s name was added to the list of semifinalists for the Maxwell Award. The bigger question is if McMaryion adds his name to the list of QBs drafted in April.
When you watch McMaryion’s tape, what jumps out at you is that he is a tough competitor. He is not skittish in the face of pressure and will regularly absorb a big hit in order to complete a pass. We have seen many good college QBs get run out of the league because they were terrified of NFL pressure, so this is a great trait to already have in your toolbag for a young QB. McMaryion will also flash his toughness when asked to run. He had back issues in the game vs UCLA but still converted some tough goal line runs for TD and ended with 4 total rushing TD that game. McMaryion has a good grasp of situational throwing and has shown the ability to “drop it in the bucket” or hit a back shoulder throw when needed.
Overall, McMaryion does not have the size NFL teams usually draft. According to mockdraftable.com, he would be in the 30th percentile for height. Now that alone might not be cause for concern but when you couple it with his 4th percentile rating for weight, 203lbs, it is troubling. His slight frame may be the cause for him having average arm strength. McMaryion does well to drive throws in the intermediate game but when asked to stretch the field deep vertically or wide horizontally he will come up short or float balls to receivers. His lack of arstrength causeses McMaryion to extend his delivery and release the ball with a jerking motion in order to try and get as much power on his throws as possible. This hasn’t cost him too often in college but will become an issue in NFL when you have to release the ball in under 3 seconds.
McMaryion struggles to read defenses pre and post snap. I understand the system he plays in is going to have this kind of a byproduct, however, he needs to develop the ability to key on a defensive landmark and make progressions. There were too many instances where the initial throw was obviously not going to work but he stayed locked onto receiver too long. McMaryion inability to read defenses forced him into some tough throws and despite the fact that he was able to complete some of the throws into tight coverage, he would have had easier and less risky throws if he would have seen where the defense was weak. He will also need to be able to throw with anticipation. McMaryion will wait to see if his wide receivers get open rather than throwing to a spot before they come out of their break.
IN THE END
While McMaryion’s toughness and accuracy should generate some interest from scouts, I can’t see him being drafted. However, he has a chance of making a practice squad in the NFL as an undrafted free agent. After a few years learning the NFL game, McMaryion can develop into a roster worthy backup QB.
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