San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers have selected Arizona State Running Back Marion Grice with the 201st overall pick in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL draft.
Marion Grice was a major weapon for the Arizona State Sun Devils last season as an all-purpose back with 996 yards rushing with 14 TDs and 438 yards receiving with 6 TDs. Grice was also the return man for the Sun Devils with 507 yards returning.
The Chargers could use Marion Grice in that same role next season.
The addition of Marion Grice will allow the Chargers to have a full-time return man that will allow the Chargers to conserve their use of Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead.
STRENGTHS: Good balance and body control. Has loose ankles and very good lateral agility. Explosive one-cut ability. Displays vision and elusiveness in the open field. Sees the cutback and weaves in and out of traffic. Has some wiggle to shake tacklers in space. Good receiver — bursts into routes, adjusts to passes and has soft hands. Fumbled only once the last two seasons. Blue-collar work ethic. Solid character.
WEAKNESSES: Has a lean, narrow frame. Needs to bulk up and get stronger. Not equipped to pound between the tackles — gets tall inside and doesn’t push the pile (soft on contact). Weak tackle-breaker who cannot be counted on for yards after contact. Can become a more disciplined route runner. Questionable awareness in pass protection. Statistical production belies inconsistency.
BOTTOM LINE: Fluid perimeter runner/receiver with playmaking ability, though his game is rough around the edges, requiring more polish and attention to detail. Profiles as a third-down/change-of-pace back, but his football intelligence has to catch up with his physical gifts in order to earn trust he can handle the role.
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