He checks in at 6-foot-4 and 307 pounds, and boasts great athleticism, power and explosiveness at the line of scrimmage.
This is why Hobart offensive linemen Ali Marpet is expected to be the first Division III player chosen in the top 100 of the NFL Draft since 1990, when the Seattle Seahawks used the 89th overall pick on Ferrum College running back Chris Warren.
Hobart is projected to be a second or third round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, which runs from April 30-May 2.
“He is determined to work as hard as he can to try and be one of the best offensive lineman in the world,” Hobart coach Mike Cragg said.
Marpet played left tackle at Hobart, but is expected to play guard in the NFL. NFLDraftScout.com has him rated as the third best offensive guard in the 2015 draft class, behind only Duke’s Laken Tomlinson and South Carolina’s A.J. Cann.
He was the only OL to crack the 5-second mark in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, squeaking in just under the wire at a blazing (for a 300-pounder) 4.98 seconds. Take a look:
If he is selected at all, Marpet will be the first Division III player taken in the draft since the Lions selected Albion CB Chris Greenwood in the fifth round in 2012.