by Aaron Wilson
April 30, 02014
Fresno State tight end Marcel Jensen is regarded as a rising draft prospect whose best football is still ahead of him.
The nearly 6-foot-6, 264-pounder has worked out for the Atlanta Falcons and the Indianapolis Colts and had private meetings with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles surrounding his Pro Day workout.
Jensen ran the 40-yard dash in 4.81 seconds at the NFL scouting combine where he also had a 35-inch vertical leap, bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times and had a 9-7 broad jump.
Jensen had the longest arms (34 7/8) of any tight end at the past two NFL scouting combines and averaged 14.7 yards per reception. He also blocked four kicks in college and could be a core special-teams contributor. He has a wingspan of 84 inches.
Recruited as a basketball player out of high school by Portland State and Army, Jensne didn't start playing football until he was a junior in high school and was initially a defensive end and offensive tackle when he enrolled at Fresno State.
He's played tight end for just three years.
Jensen is coming off an injury when he suffered a sports hernia at the Senior Bowl that was misdiagnosed intially as a groin pull. He underwent minor surgery and is already back to 100 percent and will be ready for rookie minicamps.
Last season, Jensen caught 26 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 13.6 yards per reception. He had 13 catches of 20 yards or more and was named second-team All-Mountain West Conference.
Jensen is an imposing red-zone threat who could create matchup issues downfield for smaller linebackers and safeties.
He finished his career with 48 catches for 708 yards and eight touchdowns.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun