Washington Redskins 2013 NFL Draft Profile: Luke Marquardt, Azusa Pacific, Tackle

Big man from a little college would make an intriguing pick in the later rounds as a right tackle of the future.

Position: OT
School: Azusa Pacific
Height: 6-9, Weight: 322
Projected Round: 6

• Why he would be a good Redskin
At this point, any right tackle with a shadow would be welcome addition, and this guy casts a huge one. But he’s no stiff. Marquardt came to college as a basketball player and tight end, then proceeded to grow into a box car with arms. But he’s still retained a lot of his athleticism. While he’s not the drive blocker you might like, he has surprising speed and the ability to get to the second level — a must in Shanahan’s read option running game.

• Why he won’t be drafted by the Redskins
He’s still learning the position and he played college at a school that sounds like the punchline of a long-running Jack Benny gag. ("Now boarding for Anaheim, Azusa and Cuc-a-monga…") Seriously, he has a lot of work to do on his footwork and nothing he’s seen in college is going to prepare him for the first time Jason Pierre-Paul lines up across from him. If the Redskins are looking or an immediate starter, Marquardt isn’t quite as ready as others you might find even this late in the draft.

• Bottom Line (final comments):
Longtime NBA coach Frank Layden used to say you can’t teach 7-foot. Well, you can’t teach 6-9, either, especially when it comes in a 322-pound package. Simply put, Marquardt is a jaw-dropping physical specimen who plays with leverage and technique you don’t always see in players of even average size. Making the transition to the NFL won’t happen overnight, but if the light bulb ever snaps on for this guy, he’ll be an absolute beast.


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