2019 #47 Seattle Seahawks - Marquise Blair, S, Utah
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OUTLOOK: Blair is a rangy athlete who was asked to play a variety of roles over his college career, earning starts at both free and strong safety, as well as outside linebacker over the past two seasons. Prior to that, he dominated at Dodge City CC, where he earned First Team National JUCO All-American honors with a staggering 24 tackles for loss among his 100 stops, to go along with four interceptions, four forced fumbles and three recoveries. Blair took a circuitous route to Utah, originally committing to Syracuse out of high school but failed to qualify academically. He looked like an immediate standout but suffered a season-ending injury (torn knee ligaments), abruptly ending his 2017 campaign. He sports a tall, wiry frame with room for added muscular development. A long-strider who builds up to impressive speed, showing catch-up ability in pursuit and range to handle deep coverage down the sideline. He uses his long arms to lasso in ball-carriers out of his reach and is more explosive as a hitter than he looks, delivering some big blows to unsuspecting runners. Does a nice job of avoiding blocks near the line of scrimmage, showing his experience in traffic and sneaky athleticism to duck and slide by the trash to get in on the tackle. Has a high-cut frame with very long legs which force Blair to gather himself a bit when changing directions, leaving him susceptible in coverage to shorter, more agile receivers. Requires a thorough medical evaluation with a history of knee issues going back to a torn meniscus in high school. Blair's greatest calling card for the Utes is his versatility. He’s an intriguing size/speed project who could be viewed as a safety, cornerback or perhaps even linebacker prospect depending on his NFL team, with his initial contribution likely coming on special teams.