Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet will be among the players participating in the New York Giants' April 9 workout of local 2015 NFL Draft prospects. Marpet is the Division III lineman few had heard of until he received an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where he began to show he could handle the best defensive linemen in the country.
SB Nation draft analyst Dan Kadar, during a recent appearance on the 'Big Blue Chat' podcast, said that Marpet is a "mean, nasty, aggressive" blocker and that he has "locked up a spot in the top 100" draft prospects.
"You wonder how high he's gonna go in the draft now," said Kadar, who also suggested there is a possibility some teams would consider Marpet in the second round.
Marpet projects to play a position of need for the Giants, has the length the Giants tend to covet in players, the strength and agility to play either a man or zone blocking scheme. More importantly, he seems to have the personality to fit in perfectly with the Giants' team concept. He is a well-spoken, apparently intelligent young man, who has taken every opportunity to compete with big-school prospects, and has showed he belongs.
Not only is he a guy who fits what the Giants want to do, he strikes me as a player that the coaches, Tom Coughlin in particular, would absolutely love. In fact, if I had to come up with an NFL comparison, he's beginning to remind me of Chris Snee. I won't say that Marpet will become a top-five guard like Snee was, but his combination of feet, power, and toughness is very Snee-like.
Marpet also grew up as a Giants fan and told NFL AM that he would "probably choose the New York Giants" if he could pick his NFL team.
Depending upon how the draft falls you have to think Marpet is a player who could be high on the Giants' list, possibly as early as the second round. If the Giants take an offensive lineman in Round 1 it would seem unlikely they would go offensive line back-to-back in the first two rounds. There is a good possibility, though, that the Giants select more than one offensive lineman with the eight picks they are scheduled to have.
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More local visits
From Art Stapleton of The Record, here are a few more players who will take part in the local workout:
DE Mike Reilly: William & Mary, Old Tappan High School
WR Spencer Kulscar: UPenn, Bergen Catholic High School
WR Shakim Phillips: Boston College, DePaul Catholic High School