Hobart College senior offensive lineman and NFL Draft prospect Ali Marpet will be featured on the NFL Network twice in the coming weeks. He was featured in a continuing series called “On The Clock” on April 1 and will be featured again on April 8.
The first piece will focus on Marpet’s Pro Day while the second segment will be about his Hobart experience. Both will be run first on NFL Total Access at 7 p.m. ET. The segments will reair on NFL Network throughout the week and will also be available on NFL.com.
The first Statesman to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl and the only Division III student-athlete invited to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, Marpet hopes to be the first Hobart player ever selected in the NFL Draft, which begins April 30 in Chicago.
According to D3football.com, the last Division III player drafted was Albion cornerback Chris Greenwood, a fifth-round selection of the Detroit Lions in 2012. No Division III offensive lineman has been drafted since 1996, when Ethan Brooks of Williams went to the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round.
If Marpet makes it to the NFL, he would join an elite Hobart fraternity. According to pro-football-reference.com, only four Statesmen have ever played in the NFL and none since Fred King ’37 appeared in one game for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937. The website also lists George Barna ’29 and “Babe” Kraus ’24 as NFL veterans. Barna played 17 games for the Frankford Yellowjackets in 1929 and Kraus appeared in seven games for the 1924 Buffalo Bison. Additionally, the website listed Don Dimmick as a Hobart graduate that played one game for the 1926 Buffalo Rangers, although no Dimmick is listed among the all-time letter winners for the Statesmen.
The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Marpet played left tackle for Hobart, earning All-American honors as a senior as well as a share of the Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year award. He did not allow a sack all season and the Statesmen ranked sixth in the nation in sacks allowed (0.69/g) and tackles for loss allowed (3.54/g). Marpet and his fellow linemen cleared the way for a season-high 404 yards rushing against Merchant Marine and provided protection for a season-high 273 yards passing without giving up a sack at St. Lawrence.
A three-year starter, Marpet was a three-time All-Liberty League selection.
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.