|School: Florida||Experience: Junior|
|Height: 6-0||Weight: 195|
He played in seven games in 2013, finishing with 11 tackles, three pass break ups and no interceptions, and on Jan. 3 declared he would forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
“I’m very thankful of everyone at Florida that helped me to get to this point in my career, from Tony Meacham, my academic adviser, to Jeff Dillman to Coach (Will) Muschamp and the entire coaching staff,” Roberson said in a statement. “It’s been a great experience here, and now that it is over I can truly appreciate everything that is in place here for players to be successful and have an opportunity to play at the next level.”
Roberson didn’t generate the same hype as cornerback teammate Loucheiz Purifoy, but has displayed good agility and instincts for the position. While he dedicated himself to getting stronger last offseason, Roberson needs to show an improved effort in defending the run to become an all-around cornerback at the NFL level.
“Marcus has informed me that he has made the decision to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL,” Muschamp said. “Marcus was part of our first recruiting class, and it was a pleasure watching him mature and develop both on and off the field during his time here. I look forward to watching him play on Sundays, and like all of our players, I encourage them to return to complete his degree.
Very physical and fearless in coverage and aggressive in pursuit. Works hard to gain ideal body position and knows how to use the sideline. Excellent competitor and won’t back down from bigger targets. Experience on special teams as a punt returner. Has worked hard to get stronger in the weight room.
Needs to consistently wrap to finish hits and break down better in space – lack of strength shows vs. the run.
Durability concerns after battling knee and ankle injuries over his career – missed five games in 2013. Character needs investigated after an alcohol arrest in Sept. 2011 and a one-game suspension in 2013 (vs. South Carolina) for a violation of team rules.
Marcus Roberson Draft Profile – [CBS Sports]