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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Marshaun Coprich

RB Marshaun Coprich – Senior / 5-8 / 207 – ILLINOIS STATE

  • Lower-level back who was ultra-productive during his four years at Illinois State, racking up more than 5,100 yards for his career and 59 touchdowns on the ground (plus adding 33 receptions and touchdown in the receiving game)
  • Ran for well over 2,000 yards in his junior season, and fell only 33 yards short of reaching the 2,000-yard plateau again in his senior season
  • Hit the 200-yard rushing mark four times in 2015
  • While incredibly productive, his production came largely against lesser competition, playing in the FCS division — in his one game against and FBS opponent (Iowa, 2015) Coprich struggled, only tallying 32 yards on 13 carries
  • Has a surprising amount of speed for a back with his frame with enough burst to break away from would-be tacklers when he reaches the defense’s second level
  • Despite being 207 lbs, Coprich has the potential to be an every-down back
  • Gets lost behind his offensive linemen due to his short stature, and uses that to his full advantage with excellent vision to find the hole and when to bounce runs outside
  • Smooth hips and displays impressive moves and jump-cuts to make defenders miss
  • Shows tremendous burst and has solid long speed to take it the distance once past the defenders
  • Was a contributor on special teams during his career at Illinois State, which will help his cause at the next level, as he’ll likely have to contribute in that phase to stick with a team early in his career
  • Is often-times too quick to make a cut, not selling the defense on a direction in order to open up a cutback lane
  • Most likely does not have quite enough strength yet to stand up to NFL-caliber tacklers, and will need to put in significant work in the weight room
  • Takes on defenders but doesn’t display a lot of strength to finish runs and will also need to learn to better avoid big hits to survive at the NFL level
  • Ball security is a mild concern (11 career fumbles, 6 lost)
  • Coprich does enter the NFL with a lot of mileage having carries a heavy college workload (927 career carries, 681 in last two seasons)
  • Two-time FCS first-team All-America selection
  • Will draw poor-man Maurice Jones-Drew comparisons
  • Character issues will be a large hurdle for Coprich to clear going into the draft — Coprich nearly missed his senior season (and will still be on probation during the draft) for attempting to sell marijuana to an undercover officer (a felony charge of 30 grams of marijuana); Coprich took a plea deal to reduce the punishment to community service and participate in a first-time offender program
  • COMBINE UPDATE: The big highlight for Coprich at the Combine was a strong 4.47 second time in the Forty-Yard dash (tied for a 5th-best among this year’s running backs). Coprish also validated his quick burst with a 1.54 second time in the 10-Yard-Split. The down side for Coprich were poor times in many of the athletic drills (with poor results in the Broad Jump, 3-Cone and Short Shuttle events). Coprich also measured in with both small hands and short arms. At his Pro Day, Coprich again showed off his speed, improving his Forty-time to 4.38 seconds and added 4” to his Vertical Jump to 38”. Coprich also got good marks in receiving drills, something he didn’t do a ton of in college. Despite his marijuana felony conviction, Coprich is on the draft radar and will get selected somewhere in Day 3 and has some sleeper upside.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: Undrafted. Signed by the New York Giants
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: 6th/7th round pick
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Coprich offers the Giants something they don’t currently have. A player that can run up the middle and make you miss. Basically, he is Shane Vereen and Andre Williams all in one package…except that package is only 5’8″. We have seen smaller backs excel before and Coprich could be next in that lineage. He should see some playing time in 2016 if he is able to crack the top 53.