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Washington Redskins 2017 Draft Profiles: Gabe Marks, WR

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2017 NFL prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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Gabe Marks, WR
School: Washington State | Conference: PAC-12
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22?
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 185 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Late Rounds
NFL Comparison: Paul Richardson

College Statistics

Player Overview

Gabe Marks is undersized and doesn’t have any elite or special physical traits but he knows how to play football. I’ve kept an eye on Marks since last year when he posted career highs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. I thought he might declare early but he decided to go back to Washington State and try and work some magic with QB Luke Falk. Things didn't go as well as I’m sure Marks hoped but his talents, instincts, and understanding of the position still shined in a down year. Marks has decent athleticism and good speed but where he’ll make his mark (pun intended?) next year is likely as a slot receiver. Marks has refined footwork, route running ability, and natural hands that will afford him a chance to stick on a roster next year.

Strengths

  • Has decent burst off the line of scrimmage and runs routes with precision.
  • Deceptively quick, and shifty in short areas and out of his breaks. Can create separation with footwork alone.
  • Natural and sticky hands can make the tough catches.
  • Effort player that doesn’t stop on plays. Will work to get open and try his best to make a play when the ball is in the air.

Weaknesses

  • Played outside at Washington State but his less than ideal frame will likely make him move inside in the NFL.
  • No elite/special traits or tendencies like speed, acceleration, strength etc. Needs to add size if he can in the NFL.
  • Not a real vertical threat due to lack of ideal acceleration. Will likely make his living on short and intermediate throws.
  • Plays small at times.

Let’s see his work:

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Marks would be an interesting option as the Redskins #4 or #5 receiver especially to provide competition at the bottom of the position group. I think he has some good skills but he needs to play in the right offense, likely one that runs a lot of spread and trips concepts where he can excel and do damage on underneath routes. I have a hard time seeing Marks making the team if Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson are retained. He would likely remain inactive on gameday and would really have to make his mark on special teams. I’m a little doubtful of that prospect because of Marks perceived and sometimes actual lack of physicality. Unfortunately, he doesn’t offer much as a returner either with his lack of breakaway long speed. I think Marks makes a practice squad and hopefully works on his size before getting his opportunity.