Hobart College senior Ali Marpet enjoyed an impressive week in at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine. The only Division III student-athlete invited to this year’s Combine, he posted the fastest 40-yard dash time of any offensive lineman and generated headlines near and far for his efforts.
Marpet’s 4.98-second 40 time was the only sub-5 second. He also posted the second fastest times in the three-cone drill (7.33) and the 20-yard shuttle (4.47). Marpet was fifth in the bench press, completing 30 reps at 225 pounds and eighth in the broad jump, clearing nine feet.
Before the Senior Bowl, Marpet was graded 5.37 which is in the range of “NFL backup or special teams potential.” His play in Mobile, Alabama, and his workouts and interviews in Indianapolis have raised his grade to 5.45, while still is the backup or special teams range, it’s just 0.5 away from the next range, “Chance to become NFL starter.”
NFL Media Analyst Charles Davis included Marpet in his five players that boosted their NFL Draft stock at the combine. “Marpet began his rise at the Senior Bowl, and he only strengthened his case at the combine,” Davis wrote. “He might be from a Division III school, but he proved again that teams should take him very seriously.” Davis concluded his assessment of Marpet with, “He passed the combine test in a big way.”
Following his senior season, Marpet was named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and D3football.com and earned a spot on the AP Little All-America second team. The 2014 Liberty League Co-Offensive Player of the Year was a three-time all-league selection.
Marpet was a three-year starter at left tackle for the Statesmen. He did not allow a sack this past fall, helping Hobart to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons.
The NFL Network’s “On the Clock,” is scheduled to feature Marpet several times in the run up to the NFL Draft, April 30 through May 2. Marpet’s first “On the Clock” segment, showed his workouts prior to 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.”
Since the Combine, Marpet has made several media appearances, talking with nationally syndicated radio host Jim Rome and appearing on the NFL Network’s NFL AM.
Officially listed as 6-foot-3 ? and 307 pounds, Marpet first grabbed national attention for his breakout performance at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, last month. The only Division III player at the nation’s premier senior all-star game helped the North team to a 34-13 victory. Marpet helped clear the way for the North to 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, guard, and center. Scouts are projecting him as a guard or center in the NFL.
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.”
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.