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Washington Redskins 2016 Draft Profiles: Marshaun Coprich, RB

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Hogs Haven takes a look at college prospects that could contribute to the Redskins.

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Marshaun Coprich, RB
School: Illinois State | Conference: Missouri Valley
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 5-8 / 207 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 5th Round or 6th Round
NFL Comparison: Giovanni Bernard

College Statistics


Player Overview

Marshaun Coprich has put up monster production the past two years in the Missouri Valley conference. When you watch the tape and see some of the holes he had the opportunity to run through you'll realize why. While you or I could have broken off a good 20-25 yard run with the real estate Coprich had to work with he did more and took it to the house. He has excellent burst through running lanes, a nice jump cut move, and even more impressive lateral and slashing ability. Coprich wins with his elusiveness and angles. He is not a fit in every offense in the NFL. He isn't the type of back that's going to dance around, stiff arm a guy to the ground, or run a guy over. He's a zone slasher and a damn good one if he has space. 

Coprich will be drafted but he bring concerns over the level of competition he faced and if he can create space on his own if there isn't a 3-foot wide hole to run through. In addition to questions on the field he has some off the field. His senior season almost didn't happen. Coprich was busted trying to sell weed to an undercover cop in the offseason and was initially suspended indefinitely before accepting a first-time offenders program and community service.

Strengths

  • Excellent cutting and lateral ability. Doesn't dance just cuts and accelerates and uses angles and speed to beat opponents.
  • Huge burst ability albeit through more than adequate holes a lot of times. Easily creates separation between himself and the front 7.
  • Excellent in open space and elusive in tight quarters. Excellent feet that are always moving and maintain balance.
  • Big play and it to the house ability with his speed and acceleration.
  • Competent and competitive in pass protection.

Weaknesses

  • Level of competition lacking. Had his 2nd worst game of the season against Iowa (13 rush for 32 yards).
  • Tried to sell weed to an undercover cop before the start of the 2015 season. Took community service and got his suspension lifted for his senior season.
  • Vision and patience is somewhat lacking instead of setting up his blocks he often outruns them and predetermined his cuts. Won't work in the NFL.
  • Not really a physical back doesn't seem to win when trying to power through tackles.


Let's see his work: 


Combine Results

How He Would Fit on the Redskins

I think Jay Gruden and Sean McVay would giggle trying to come up with different sweep and stretch plays for Coprich in their offense. The question though not only for Coprich but for the Redskins is has the offensive line run blocking improved? When a thin hole opens would Coprich be able to take advantage? I think his ability is limited right now and he will take time to mold and it will take him time to get used to not having homerun success. Coprich does possess elusiveness and quickness that we do not have in any of our running backs currently on the roster. If drafted by the Redskins I think he would be another useful piece to our running back core but by no means a lead back currently. His slashing quickness could potential provide big play sparks that the Redskins are currently lacking in the run game.