MARION GRICE RB, Arizona State

Marion Grice – Running Back

Grice is a fourth year senior and a transfer from Blinn Community College in Texas. He is an electrifying player who is very productive. Only six games into the 2013 season, he has 15 touchdowns. He has 90 carries for 417 yards and 10 TDs to go along with 29 catches for 265 yards and 5 TDs. He has also returned 10 kickoffs for a 22.7 yard average. In 2012 he ran for 679 yards and caught passes for 425 yards. He scored 19 times in 2012.

Grice is very athletic, with speed and body control. He has sub 4.5 play speed and can make quick cuts without losing much speed. As productive as Grice is, he is not an every down player. He plays in a rotation with two other backs. He is a very quick starter with top run instincts. He can pick and slide or make jump cuts, but he has a knack for finding a crease. He is not a power guy and is not a top after contact type back. He is quick, fast, creative, and elusive. Once he gets in the open field, he has a chance to take it the distance. He is not the type who is going to get the tough yards on 3rd and 2 on a consistent basis. He is dangerous as a receiver because he can run routes out of both the backfield or while split out. He shows he can uncover versus man coverage and has excellent ability to separate coming out of a cut. He has very good hands and can adjust to make the difficult catch. As a pass blocker, he is adequate at best. He lacks good technique as a blocker and is not aggressive.

Grice is very talented but he has limitations. I don’t see him as an every down back in the NFL because of those limitations. He will be more of a spot player, but because he has big play skills, he will still get a number of touches every game. I can also see him utilized as a kick returner. He needs to get a little bigger and stronger, become a better blocker, and learn to be a tough inside runner. If that happens, he can become an every down player. Still, because of his big play ability, he will be drafted high. I could see him going as high as the 2nd round.