More than 300 of the nation’s top football prospects descended on Indianapolis today for the start of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. That list of elite athletes included just one from an NCAA Division III school, Hobart College offensive lineman Ali Marpet.
The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Marpet has garnered wide spread attention for his breakout performance at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, last month. He helped the North team to a 34-13 victory in the nation’s premier senior all-star game. Marpet helped the North rush for 186 yards and three touchdowns while passing for 260 yards and another score. He showed off his athleticism and versatility by playing tackle, his natural position while at Hobart, guard and center in practice and in the game.
Sports Illustrated pointed out that he “never once appeared out of place.” His blocking, speed, and coordination won over many of the scouts in attendance.
Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage also had high praise for Marpet, saying “He has light feet, plays with balance and did not back down at all against the bigger school competition.” He called him “arguably the most intriguing player in the game,” and added that, “he is certain to be thoroughly evaluated by all 32 teams because of his position flexibility and high ceiling to improve.”
The combine runs through Feb. 23. The NFL Network’s coverage of the on-field workouts begins Friday, Feb. 20 with the offensive linemen and tight ends. Running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers work out on Saturday, linebackers and defensive linemen on Sunday, and defensive backs on Monday. Coverage of workouts begins each day at 9 a.m.
In his four seasons at Hobart, Marpet and his classmates posted a 41-5 record and captured four consecutive Liberty League Championships. The Statesmen also appeared in four consecutive NCAA Division III Football Championships, and reached the quarterfinal round in 2012 and 2014.