Former Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall didn’t get selected in the 2015 NFL Draft, but found a spot on the Jacksonville Jaguars as a defensive back and returner. Now, after one year on the defensive side of the ball, the Jaguars are encouraged with Marshall’s progress.
“Nick is intriguing because he’s another one of those we’re talking about as far as a skill set,” Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday. “He’s tall, he’s got really good length. His poise.
“He had some growing pains. He fumbled a punt. In his first game starting as a corner, he had an explosive play that he gave up, but just how he responded and the competitive nature with how he came back showed great poise. So he’s very intriguing to us.”
Marshall appeared in 13 games as a rookie for the Jaguars and made just one start, finishing the year with 10 tackles and one pass defended. He also returned five punts for 30 yards and 13 kickoffs for 346.
When Marshall arrived in Jacksonville, he wasn’t learning the cornerback position from scratch. He originally signed with Georgia as the No. 19 cornerback in the Class of 2011, according to the 24/7 Sports composite rankings, but transferred to Garden City Community College after he was dismissed from the program.
He eventually made his way to Auburn where he started at quarterback for two seasons, racking up 4,508 passing yards and 34 passing touchdowns along with 1,866 rushing yards and 23 rushing touchdowns.