Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet ’15 has drawn the attention of NFL scouts and national sports publications alike with a stellar performance in this year’s Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., that follows on an equally accomplished season.
Sports Illustrated named Marpet the “Biggest Riser” of the Jan. 25 Senior Bowl, which features the country’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by the entire coaching staffs of two NFL teams.
During the week of practice leading up to the Senior Bowl, Marpet switched positions, from left tackle to left guard, and “never once appeared out of place,” according to Sports Illustrated, which also named Marpet to its All-Senior Bowl offense team.
In Mobile, Marpet’s blocking, speed and coordination had draft experts singing his praises in print and on social media. He was profiled by the Associated Press, his hometown Journal News, Yahoo! Sports, and the Baltimore Sun among others, and has earned interest from several teams as a potential draft pick.
As a junior, the 6-3, 307-pound Marpet first earned the notice of Blesto scouts, who scour the nation for NFL talent, after running a 4.92 40-yard dash. As a senior, he was named a D-III All-American and helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 373.6 yards per game and allowed only nine sacks (one per 20 dropbacks) all season. Before arriving in Mobile, NFL.com graded Marpet at 5.37 which is in the range of “NFL backup or special teams potential.” His grade put him at No. 25 out of the 60 linemen graded.
The next step for the Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., native, is the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 17-23. Marpet will be one of more than 300 draft prospects that will be measured, tested, and interviewed as the league’s 32 teams prepare for the 2015 NFL Draft which will take play from April 30 to May 2.
On the other hand, Yahoo! Sports reported in its profile of Marpet, “If football doesn’t work out, his economics major – he hopes to go into finance one day – at one of the best schools in the country won’t hurt…And it doesn’t hurt that that there is an army of Hobart grads working at some of the best financial houses in and around New York City. He also wants to get his master’s degree in physical education – overachiever alert – so that he can teach econ and maybe coach a little, too.”
In the 2014 season, Marpet led one of the most effective offensive lines in the nation. He didn’t allow a sack this season for a line that ranked sixth in the nation in fewest sacks allowed (0.69/g). Hobart was also sixth in the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed, yielding just 3.54 per game. Marpet was named to the AFCA and D3football.com All-America first teams and earned a spot on the AP Little All-America second team. The three-time first team All-Liberty League selection also garnered a share of the 2014 Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year award, the first offensive lineman to be so honored.