Hobart College offensive lineman Ali Marpet ’15 made headlines at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Out of more than 300 of the nation’s top football prospects for the NFL, Marpet was the only one included from an NCAA Division III school.
Marpet ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds, the fastest 40 time among the offensive linemen at the Combine. The NFL tweeted about the impressive feat. Additionally, he had the fastest 10-yard split among the linemen, at 1.74 seconds. He also placed fifth in the bench press, completing 30 reps at 225 pounds and eighth in the broad jump, clearing nine feet. NFL Media analyst Charles Davis called him a “must-see prospect.”
On Feb. 20, Marpet was praised in a Yahoo! Sports article, “Who was fastest OL at the combine? Naturally … Hobart’s Ali Marpet,” for his abilities both on and off the field. The article, by Eric Edholm, says, “… Marpet (hence the Hobart degree) is smart, with the school producing far more hedge-fund managers than athletes, but that intelligence is considered a plus. … Marpet ranks high in the versatility category, too.”
An earlier Yahoo! Sports article about Marpet’s appearance at the Reese’s Senior Bowl reported in its profile of him: “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 addition, NFL Network’s “On the Clock,” featured Marpet in a highlights clip that shows him training with coaches at the Combine. Bob Whitfield, Offensive Line Coach, CSPS, jokes, “They must have fed him well at Hobart College because the kid comes in at 300 pounds of solid muscle.” The NFL Network again featured Marpet on Feb. 25 during the program, “NFL AM,” in which he discussed his impressive showing at the Combine, representing HWS and his outlook on the future.
The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Marpet garnered wide spread attention for his breakout performance at the 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.
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.
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 ran through Feb. 23.
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.
Marpet is an economics major and was named to the 2013 Liberty League All-Academic team.