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Marcell Frazier Has Great Measurables But Has A Lot To Learn As A Pass Rusher

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2018 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

NCAA Football: Purdue at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Marcell Frazier, EDGE
School: Missouri | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-5 / 255 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 6th Round or 7th Round
NFL Comparison: Aaron Lynch

College Statistics

Player Overview

Marcell Frazier is a JUCO product coming out of Weed, California who was a 3-star recruit nationally. Having gotten his start in junior college he received a few offers when he was looking to transfer. The offers were from New Mexico, Kansas State, and Missouri. Frazier is the latest pass rushing prospect to come from Missouri and has some tools to work with. He is still very raw and unrefined but he has good size and length and at times shows good burst. The major issue with Frazier is consistency and I daresay effort. In some games, he looks like a high round prospect showing active hands and quick footwork but can still struggle chaining pass rush moves together and get off blocks. At times he can show impressive burst and strength using his length and I saw him push around a few linemen. In others, he can just go through the motions. He also doesn't offer much in the run defense department as he can struggle to set an EDGE. Teams looking for a developmental EDGE with length and upside if he can improve his consistency will look at Frazier. But I think he is a lot way off from being able to contribute to an NFL team despite the production he’s put up.

Strengths

  • Excellent size for a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE with even better length.
  • Active feet and hands give him a good start after the snap. Can use his length to keep lineman from getting hands on him making his way into the backfield.
  • 3-4 OLB may be his calling as he was much more effective with his speed and burst when he was standing up and allowed a running start.

Weaknesses

  • Consistency and perhaps lack of effort show up on tape. Nothing is more annoying than watching a prospect stand around when the play is still ongoing or give up on it early.
  • Goes through a lot of motions but is not very effective without a clear lane to the backfield. Struggles to make a way on his own and will need to be coached up significantly regarding his technique.
  • Next closest thing to a warm body as a run defender.
  • Pops up way too early and high when playing from a 3 or 4 point stance. If he is going to be an OLB his coverage ability is going to be a huge question.

Let's see his work:

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How He Would Fit On The Redskins

The stats fooled me. I thought I was going to like Frazier way more than I actually did. For a guy to put up 15 TFLs and 7 sacks in the SEC not to get a combine invite in a shallow EDGE class something has to be a bit off and I think it may be tied to Frazier's consistency and effort. He performed well at his Pro Day but that revelation is not going to change my mind based on what I watched. Frazier is a major project and though he may have impressive measurables in many aspects he is still learning to play the position. If he were on the Redskins I wouldn't even feel 100% comfortable with him as depth because of the liability he presents in the run game much less his hot and cold nature as a pass rusher. I think he is going to have to fight for a roster spot and prove himself as a special teams contributor before he even thinks he’s going to sniff the field as a contributor in the DE or OLB rotation. As a super late round pick or even UDFA, I suppose I wouldn't mind him in the Burgundy and Gold that much if not only for the examples at the position he would have before him. If Frazier needs some motivation he need look no further than to the production Kerrigan and Smith have put up and the intensity Ryan Anderson plays with. If that doesnt work Frazier may end up being just a guy.